Characterization and Fate of Contaminants in Coastal Systems

A special issue of Geosciences (ISSN 2076-3263). This special issue belongs to the section "Geochemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2019)

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Dear Colleagues,

Coastal areas, which represent only a small part of the marine environment, are nevertheless  key environments at the crossroads of continental, oceanic, and atmospheric domains. They are territories with high strategic stakes for the economy and provide many biological and ecological functions. Coastal areas constitute a "reactor" in which natural or anthropogenic inputs can be stored in the sediment, redistributed, or exported further offshore by hydrodynamic processes (currents, waves, storms, and “cascading”). In this peculiar environment, contaminants of various nature (e.g., plastics, pharmaceuticals, organics, and trace metals), of various form (particulate or dissolved), and of various origins (soil erosion, industrial activities, agriculture, or urban waste) are continuously transfered and released in this highly reactive area. 

Despite efforts to limit the influx of deleterious substances into the coastal environment, the current pressure has never been stronger and is now considered critical. It is therefore still relevant to look at the dynamics and fate of contaminants in this key zone of the marine ecosystem. Therefore, I am seeking for recent works and results in the above-mentioned topics, which can contribute to new knowledge on contaminant dynamic in the land to sea continuum. Case studies are welcome. Feel free to send me a short abstract or draft of your work in order to check if the contribution you intend to submit is in line with the purposes of the Special Issue

Assist. Prof. Aubert Dominique
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Keywords

  • contaminant transfer
  • plastics
  • trace elements
  • organic compounds
  • pharmaceutical
  • sediment
  • estuaries
  • harbours

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Geostatistics and Structure from Motion Techniques for Coastal Pollution Assessment along the Policoro Coast (Southern Italy)
by Cosimo Cagnazzo, Ettore Potente, Sabino Rosato and Giuseppe Mastronuzzi
Geosciences 2020, 10(1), 28; https://doi.org/10.3390/geosciences10010028 - 13 Jan 2020
Cited by 8 | Viewed by 3035
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The coastal system, with its physical chemical and biological components, is the place where the lithosphere, atmosphere and hydrosphere intersect and interact, and in which human activity has a considerable impact on the balance of the whole ecosystem. The aim of this study [...] Read more.
The coastal system, with its physical chemical and biological components, is the place where the lithosphere, atmosphere and hydrosphere intersect and interact, and in which human activity has a considerable impact on the balance of the whole ecosystem. The aim of this study is to assess the health of the coastal environment in a natural protected area in Policoro (Italy). Sand samples have been collected and analysed to detect the presence of environmental contaminants and pollutants (heavy metals). A photogrammetric survey was carried out using an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), and an updated orthophoto of the area was obtained using the Structure from Motion (SfM) processing technique. Geostatistical techniques have been used to assess the distribution of the contaminants in the study area. Full article
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