Biogeochemistry in Coastal Seas
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Environmental Chemistry

Aquatic ecosystems are under permanent pressure by man-made pollution that enters into coastal and marine environments via river discharge, atmospheric transport and deposition, as well as diffuse input pathways. This pressure is subject to short-term and long-term changes due to changes in industrial production pathways, environmental awareness and legislation, consumer demands and the development of new chemicals. Coastal environments offer important goods and services, and harmful substances threaten human and ecosystem health. Besides accumulation in the food web, some of these organic contaminants can be transported from coastal environments towards the open oceans, resulting in long-term pollution and long-term effects on the global marine environment including the Arctic and Antarctica.

The Department for Environmental Chemistry focuses on the investigation of the occurrence, sources, transport, fate and trends of classical and emerging persistent anthropogenic pollutants in the coastal marine and polar environment.