Special Issue "Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in the Atmosphere: From Nowadays Background Sites to Hot Spots"


A special issue of Atmosphere (ISSN 2073-4433).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Javier Castro Jiménez

Department of Environmental Chemistry, Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA-CSIC), 08034 Barcelona, Spain
Website: http://jcastrojimenez.net/
Interests: environmental fate and transport (LRT) of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and related contaminants; trace and ultra-trace POPs environmental analysis; multi-media sampling strategies, screening tools and monitoring programs; biogeochemical cycle of organic contaminants; atmospheric deposition of contaminants and air-water exchanges; environmental exposure, bioaccumulation in food chain and bioavailability of organic contaminants (toxicological implications); contaminant source identification; organophosphorus flame retardants (OPEs) in remote environments; bio-detection of organic contaminants; scientific and technical support to Global/EU Environmental Policies (Stockholm Convention, WFD, MSFD, EQS, CLRTAP, REACH, Dioxin strategy)

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are a group of semi-volatile organic chemicals of high concern due to their bio-acumulative properties, persistence and toxicity. Their potential of being transported long distances via atmosphere (i.e., long range atmospheric transport, LRAT) without suffering relevant degradation processes has lead to the ubiquity of many POPs in the earth-system. This, in turn has resulted in extensive research and monitoring efforts in order to acquire knowledge on their ambient levels and potential inputs to aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Indeed, there is abundant literature produced in the last decades focusing on the presence of POPs in the atmospheric compartment and its implications from an exposure/pollution point of view. In addition, there are ambitious global/regional programs in place with the objective of monitoring and controlling the most harmful POPs, such as the UNEP Stockholm Convention of POPs and the UNECE Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (CLRTAP) with its protocol on POPs.
However, an important harmonization and synthesis effort is still needed in order to better understand which are the nowadays atmospheric background sites and hot spots world-wide in order to optimize resources where need it and to improve and update the monitoring and prevention/control tools. This special issue aims at providing and step forward in this direction. We look for contributions on experimental case studies, global/regional monitoring research studies, critical reviews, past-present comparative studies, modeling estimations and any other type of contribution helping on establishing the nowadays background atmospheric levels and deposition fluxes of the most harmful POPs (especially those for which less information exists) as well as on identifying the most important hot spots world-wide.

Dr. Javier Castro Jiménez
Guest Editor


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  • POPs
  • PCDD/Fs
  • PCBs
  • pesticides
  • PBDEs
  • atmospheric concentrations
  • atmospheric pollution
  • environmental exposure
  • atmospheric transport
  • deposition fluxes

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p. 720-736
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Atmosphere 2014, 5(4), 720-736; doi:10.3390/atmos5040720
Received: 20 March 2014 / Revised: 22 July 2014 / Accepted: 19 August 2014 / Published: 15 October 2014
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Atmosphere 2014, 5(3), 622-634; doi:10.3390/atmos5030622
Received: 15 May 2014 / Revised: 14 July 2014 / Accepted: 21 July 2014 / Published: 22 August 2014
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Atmosphere 2014, 5(2), 324-341; doi:10.3390/atmos5020324
Received: 19 December 2013 / Revised: 17 April 2014 / Accepted: 18 April 2014 / Published: 23 May 2014
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Atmosphere 2014, 5(2), 198-210; doi:10.3390/atmos5020198
Received: 27 February 2014 / Revised: 27 March 2014 / Accepted: 31 March 2014 / Published: 10 April 2014
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Atmosphere 2014, 5(2), 156-177; doi:10.3390/atmos5020156
Received: 30 October 2013 / Revised: 20 January 2014 / Accepted: 21 January 2014 / Published: 4 April 2014
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Atmosphere 2013, 4(4), 445-471; doi:10.3390/atmos4040445
Received: 24 October 2013 / Revised: 17 November 2013 / Accepted: 18 November 2013 / Published: 5 December 2013
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