The motivation for the IP’s structure is to comprehensively address the current knowledge gaps between a chemical’s molecular characteristics, its emergent environmental fate and eco-compatible fate management. To this end, three workpackages (WPs) will be established that analyse the molecular and ecosystem determinants and develop the management of a chemical’s fate. WP 1 (Molecule sphere) will unravel key molecular characteristics governing partitioning, biological and abiotic transformation of chemicals. WP 2 (Ecosystem functioning and service) will elucidate the mechanisms underlying chemical degradation and (eco-)system-level means for its induction and enhancement. WP 3 (Managment & intervention options) will generate knowledge towards options for controlling the input and fate of environmental chemicals in ecosystems.
The WPs are interlinked through the IP’s strong intention to collaboratively generate information combining molecular characteristics with an ecosystem-level perspective. Selection of chemicals will be driven by their environmental relevance, their structural properties and stakeholders’ needs.