Title: Implementation of a 3D Coupled Hydrodynamic and Contaminant Fate Model for the PCDD/Fs in Thau Lagoon (France) : The Importance of Atmospheric Sources of Contamination
Authors: DUERI SibylleMARINOV DIMITARFIANDRINO A.TRONCZYNSKI J.ZALDIVAR COMENGES Jose'
Citation: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH vol. 7 no. 4 p. 1467-1485
Publisher: MOLECULAR DIVERSITY PRESERVATION INTERNATIONAL-MDPI
Publication Year: 2010
JRC N°: JRC55705
ISSN: 1660-4601
URI: http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/7/4/1467/
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC55705
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph7041467
Type: Articles in Journals
Abstract: A 3D hydrodynamic and contaminant fate model was implemented for polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans (PCDD/Fs) in Thau lagoon. The hydrodynamic model was tested against temperature and salinity measurements, while the contaminant fate model was assessed against available data collected at different stations inside the lagoon. The model results allow an assessment of the spatial and temporal variability of the distribution of contaminants in the lagoon, the seasonality of loads and the role of atmospheric deposition for the input of PCDD/Fs. The outcome suggests that air is an important source of PCDD/Fs for this ecosystem, therefore the monitoring of air pollution is very appropriate for assessing the inputs of these contaminants. These results call for the development of integrated environmental protection policies.
JRC Institute:Institute for Environment and Sustainability

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