Special Issue "Mercury and Methylmercury Contamination of Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecosystems"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2020.
Interests: biogeochemistry; limnology; soil science; paleoenvironmental reconstructions; mercury and metal(loid)s geochemistry
Interests: Biogeochemistry; limnology; microbiology; ecology
In 2017, 128 countries signed the Minamata Convention on Mercury (Hg) to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury. Although Hg is naturally occurring at the global scale, anthropogenic releases of Hg affect its natural biogeochemical cycle. Understanding the pathways and magnitude of Hg contamination in terrestrial and aquatic environment are key factors in understanding the risks for wildlife and humans.
Since the industrial revolution, anthropogenic pressure and Hg contamination have risen, affecting both natural ecosystems (e.g., lake eutrophication, deforestation, mining) and urban areas (wastewaters, atmospheric emissions, industrial discharges). This results in a general increase in Hg levels in all compartments of the ecosystems and particularly in Hg bioaccumulation in trophic chains, mostly as methylmercury (MeHg). However, Hg impact is dependent on a large variety of abiotic and biotic factors with complex interactions among them, which often results in locally specific responses. The identification of sources, pathways, and mechanisms of Hg and MeHg contamination is thus crucial to determine and predict future impacts of this contaminant in the environment and biota.
Papers for this Special Issue may address novel aspects on processes driving Hg sources, key transformations (i.e., methylation/demethylation) and Hg accumulation in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem compartments at various spatial and temporal scales. Contributions that link source tracking and accumulation in ecosystem compartments using Hg isotopes are greatly encouraged. Studies may focus on local, regional, or global scales and Hg contamination in both the natural (temperate and extreme) and anthropogenic (urban, agricultural, mining) areas.
Dr. Stéphane Guédron
Dr. Dario Acha
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- isotopes, aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems
- source and process