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Aquatic Global Passive Sampling (AQUA-GAPS) Revisited: First Steps toward a Network of Networks for Monitoring Organic Contaminants in the Aquatic Environment

Authors

LOHMANN Rainer MUIR Derek ZENG Eddy Y. BAO Lian-Jun ALLAN Ian J. ARINAITWE Kenneth BOOIJ Kees HELRN Paul KASERZON Sarit MUELLER Jochen F. SHIBATA Yasuyuki SMEDES Foppe TSAPAKIS Manolis WONG Charles S. YOU Jing

Year of publication 2017
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Science

Citation
Web https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.est.6b05159
Doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.6b05159
Keywords AIR-WATER EXCHANGE; DIFFUSION-COEFFICIENTS; POLLUTANTS; SAMPLERS; BIOACCUMULATION; POPS; DEVICES; TRENDS; PCBS; CALIBRATION
Description Organic contaminants, in particular persistent organic pollutants (POPs), adversely affect water quality and aquatic food webs across the globe. As of now, there is no globally consistent information available on concentrations of dissolved POPs in water bodies. The advance of passive sampling techniques has made it possible to establish a global monitoring program for these compounds in the waters of the world, which we call the Aquatic Global Passive Sampling (AQUA-GAPS) network. A recent expert meeting discussed the background, motivations, and strategic approaches of AQUA-GAPS, and its implementation as a network of networks for monitoring organic contaminants (e.g., POPs and others contaminants of concern). Initially, AQUA-GAPS will demonstrate its operating principle via two proof-of-concept studies focused on the detection of legacy and emerging POPs in freshwater and coastal marine sites using both polyethylene and silicone passive samplers. AQUA-GAPS is set up as a decentralized network, which is open to other participants from around the world to participate in deployments and to initiate new studies. In particular, participants are sought to initiate deployments and studies investigating the presence of legacy and emerging POPs in Africa, Central, and South America.
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