EGU21-15955, updated on 14 Jan 2022
EGU General Assembly 2021
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Aquatic organism behaviours at multiple trophic levels for water monitoring: the case of Gran Sasso - Sirente aquifer

Federica Di Giacinto1, Miriam Berti1, Luigi Carbone2, Riccardo Caprioli1, Valentina Colaiuda3,4, Annalina Lombardi3, Barbara Tomassetti3, Paolo Tuccella4, Gianpaolo De Iuliis5, Adelina Pietroleonardo6, Giuseppina Mascilongo1, Ludovica Di Renzo1, Nicola D’Alterio1, and Nicola Ferri1
Federica Di Giacinto et al.
  • 1Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale dell’Abruzzo e del Molise “G. Caporale” (IZSAM), 64100 Teramo, Italy (
  • 2Officine Inovo, engineering & design studio, 64100 Teramo, Italy;
  • 3CETEMPS, Centre of Excellence – University of L’Aquila, 67100 L’Aquila, Italy
  • 4Dept. of Physical and Chemical Sciences, University of L’Aquila, 67100 L’Aquila, Italy
  • 5Ruzzo Reti Spa, 64100, Teramo, Italy
  • 6Consorzio di Bonifica Interno “Bacino Aterno e Sagittario”, 67100, L’Aquila, Italy

Emerging contaminants could exert combined toxic effects, including synergetic and antagonistic ones, that cannot be identified by chemical analysis tools. The biological early warning systems (BEWS) perform a real-time and continuous (24 h) monitoring of physiological and/or behavioural parameters of organism alterations, potentially correlated to water pollution. They are based on the response of living sentinels (i.e. molluscs, algae, crustaceans, fish) to a contaminant or mixture of them. Early warnings can be sent by SMS, e-mail, etc. to operators, in order to activate response actions. Belonging to different trophic levels, the crustacean D. magna, the alga C. vulgaris and the mollusc P. casertanum have been used to control Gran Sasso-Sirente aquifer in three different locations. Drinkable water of Teramo province and irrigation water of L’Aquila have been continuously monitored by the commercial tools “bbe® Daphnia Toximeter (DTOX)” and “bbe® Algae Toximeter (ATOX)”, respectively. In Tirino river spring, a novel sensor “SmartShell” has registered for the first time the valve movements of the autochthonous bivalve. After the first testing period, DTOX and ATOX did not register any typology of alarms in the potable and irrigation water. The valve movements of P. casertanum have been examined through spectral analysis in order to evaluate the behavioural rhythms useful for further investigation on their alterations as early warnings. The objective has been to reinforce the aquifer protection by installing instruments internationally recognised as efficient tools and exploring new proposals for guaranteeing human and ecosystem health.

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