Mechanism of long-term changes in the organic matter cycle of the northern Adriatic ecosystem
Knowledge of long-term change mechanisms in the main processes of the organic matter cycle is essential for predicting possible fluctuations of biological resources (e.g. fish stocks), and for estimating the relative importance of natural (primarily climate) vs. Anthropogenic influence on the northern Adriatic ecosystem. Particularly, it is important for establishing the eutrophication trends and to show whether this process plays any significant role in some unusual phenomena that occur in the Adriatic Sea (e.g. mucilage).