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Monitoring of organic pollutants in coastal waters of the Gulf of Gdańsk, Southern Baltic.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15245990     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This paper presents an overview of changes in organic pollution of coastal waters of the Gulf of Gdańsk (Baltic Sea). Toxic pollutants including volatile organic compounds (VOC), volatile organohalogen compounds (VOX), chlorophenols, phenoxyacids, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) were determined in seawater from the Gulf of Gdańsk coastal waters in the period 1996-2001. In the case of the Gulf of Gdańsk, non-conservative behaviour of VOC was observed due to random temporal and spatial of inputs along the Vistula estuary and to the dilution of VOC-enriched river water with seawater. The concentrations of VOX in seawater decreased throughout the period and the concentrations of VOX were in the range of few ng dm(-3) up to 250 ng dm(-3), similar to estuaries elsewhere. The average concentrations of chlorophenols and phenoxyacids were between 0.1 and 6.0 and 0.05 and 2.2 microg dm(-3), respectively. However, remarkably high concentrations of 2,4-dichlorophenol (6 microg dm(-3)) were obtained in samples collected from the Vistula River. Generally concentrations of PCBs did not exceed few ng dm(-3) with the exception of 1999, when all samples exhibited elevated concentrations of PCBs. In addition, higher concentrations of PCBs in the open sea compared to river waters suggested localised inputs. Due to the ability of most organic pollutants to bioaccumulate and biomagnify, especially the persistent organic pollutants, continued monitoring is of crucial importance for the health of marine life in the Gulf of Gdańsk.
Agata Kot-Wasik; Jolanta Debska; Jacek Namieśnik
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Marine pollution bulletin     Volume:  49     ISSN:  0025-326X     ISO Abbreviation:  Mar. Pollut. Bull.     Publication Date:  2004 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-07-12     Completed Date:  2004-11-09     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0260231     Medline TA:  Mar Pollut Bull     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  264-76     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Analytical Chemistry, Chemical Faculty, Gdańsk University of Technology, 11/12 Narutowicz Str., PL 80-952 Gdańsk-Wrzeszcz, Poland.
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MeSH Terms
Environmental Monitoring
Environmental Pollutants / analysis*
Organic Chemicals / analysis
Polychlorinated Biphenyls / analysis*
Polycyclic Hydrocarbons, Aromatic / analysis*
Reference Values
Risk Assessment
Seawater / chemistry
Water Pollutants, Chemical / analysis*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Environmental Pollutants; 0/Organic Chemicals; 0/Polychlorinated Biphenyls; 0/Polycyclic Hydrocarbons, Aromatic; 0/Water Pollutants, Chemical

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