Title: Integrated Modeling of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the Marine Ecosystem: Coupling of Hydrodynamic, Fate and Transport, Bioaccumulation and Planktonic Food Web Models
Authors: DUERI SibyllePUILLAT IngridCARAFA RobertaJURADO ElenaBERROJALBIZ NaiaraDACHS JordiZALDIVAR COMENGES Jose'MARINOV D.
Citation: MARINE POLLUTION BULLETIN vol. 58 no. 10 p. 1554-1561
Publisher: PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD
Publication Year: 2009
JRC Publication N°: JRC47326
ISSN: 0025-326X
URI: www.elsevier.com/locate/marpolbul
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC47326
DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2009.05.009
Type: Articles in Journals
Abstract: Spatio-temporal variability of pollutants in the environment is a complex phenomenon that requires a combined approach for its analysis. Whereas data on measured levels of contaminants in various environmental compartments is essential, it is not always possible to monitor at the necessary frequency and with the adequate spatial sampling distribution to capture this variability. Therefore a modeling approach able to complement experimental data and close the gaps in the monitoring programs is useful for assessing these different temporal scales. In this work a 1D water column fate model has been developed and tested for Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs). The model has been coupled with a simple ecological model that includes a bioaccumulation module. Afterwards, the model has been used to study the temporal variability of contaminant concentrations as well as the fluxes between compartments. The results evidence the complex coupling between spatio-temporal scales and its influence on environmental concentration levels.
JRC Institute:Institute for Environment and Sustainability

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