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Study of the geochemical cycles of particulate heavy metals and organic micropollutants in the North Sea environment

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Parent project: Impulsprogramme "Marine Sciences", more
Reference no: MS/A1/05
Period: October 1992 till September 1996
Status: Completed

Thesaurus terms: Aerosols; Air-water boundary layer; Heavy metals; Pollutants
Geographical term: ANE, North Sea [Marine Regions]

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  • Universiteit Antwerpen; Centrum voor Micro- en Sporenanalyse (MITAC), more
  • Belgian Science Policy (BELSPO), more, sponsor

The basic objective of this project is to study the geochemical cycles of heavy metals and organic micropollutants in particulate materials in the North Sea environment. Trace element analysis and micro-analysis techniques are employed.

For the atmosphere, the deposition flow of particles from the air and the metals they contain is estimated, and the aerosol particle types which appear in the air above the North Sea are studied. The examination also includes a study of particles in rain water.

The individual suspension particles in the water and in the water/air boundary layer are exhaustively characterised.

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