Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in the Environment

A special issue of Geosciences (ISSN 2076-3263).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 June 2020) | Viewed by 724

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Department of Agrochemistry and Environment, Miguel Hernández University of Elche, 03202 Elche, Spain
Interests: soil and water pollution; water supply; green infrastructures; remote sensing; machine learning
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Department of Agrochemistry and Environment, University Miguel Hernández of Elche, 03202 Elche, Spain
Interests: soil-water-plant system; waste management and recycling
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The overall goal of this Special Issue of Geosciences is to advance in the knowledge of the space-time dynamics of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in the environment. POPs are chemical compounds recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a global concern due to their great capacity for dispersion, ubiquity, persistence in the environment, their potential bio-accumulation and bio-magnification, and negative effects on health and ecosystems. The initiatives to globally reduce the presence of POPs is the origin of The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants. It includes an extensive list of pesticides, industrial chemicals and unintentionaly produced chemical, in order to take proper measures to eliminate or restrict their production. 

From the point of view of geosciences, the study of the space-time dynamics of POPs is of great scientific interest and utility to improve the health of people and the environment. Atmosphere, surface water, groundwater or soil may be involved in the processes of transport and transformation of POPs. For this reason, studies focused on identifying the origin of the pollution sources, the transportation ways and temporal evolution are welcome. The employment of geospatial analysis methods and computer models is of great interest. This special issue aims to cover, without being limited to, the following areas:

  • Identification of punctual/diffuse pollution sources and their association with human activities
  • Pollutants transport processes
  • Quantitative mapping methods
  • Hazard and risk assessment
  • Spatial-temporal dynamics assessment and modelling

Dr. Ignacio Melendez-Pastor
Dr. Jose Navarro-Pedreño
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  • persistent organic pollutants
  • pesticides
  • pollution sources
  • pollutants transport
  • quantitative mapping methods
  • spatial-temporal dynamics: soil and water pollution
  • chemical fate and transport
  • geospatial technologies
  • remediation technologies

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There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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