Title: Fate of Persistent Organic Pollutants in the Water Column: Does Turbulent Mixing Matter?
Citation: MARINE POLLUTION BULLETIN vol. 54 p. 441-451
Publication Year: 2007
JRC N°: JRC34160
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC34160
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: The effect of vertical turbulent mixing on the dynamics of Persistent Organic Pollutants has long been overlooked and its role is still hardly understood. Here we present the first comprehensive analysis of the role of turbulent diffusion on the distribution of those contaminants and its interplay with sinking fluxes. To this end, a 1D dynamic coupled hydrodynamic-contaminant model has been developed and applied to a Mediterranean continental shelf environment. The hydrodynamic sub-model is adapted from COHERENS, the contaminant sub-model is an improvement from the BIODEP model and considers the contaminant in 3 states: dissolved-colloidal-particulate. The simulation highlights the role of the turbulent processes in determining the POP distribution and variability in the water column. In short, turbulent flux of contaminants strengthens the upward diffusion of sediment entrained column. It acts in parallel with. degradation and sinking fluxes, the combined effect yielding a surface enriched – depth depleted – benthic layer enriched region distribution, which presents similarities to reported experimental measures.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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