|Verontreiniging van de Noordzee: het ecologisch perspectief|
Heip, C.H.R. (1986). Verontreiniging van de Noordzee: het ecologisch perspectief, in: Onze Noordzee, kostbaar internationaal erfgoed. pp. 23-29
In: (1986). Onze Noordzee, kostbaar internationaal erfgoed. Staatssecretariaat voor Leefmilieu: Brussel. 213 pp., more
The author tries to illustrate the complex interaction of physical, chemical, geological and biological processes that are important in determining pathways of pollutants in the environment by using two examples the speciation of mercury in estuarine and marine environments where the chemical and microbiological aspect is important: and eutrophication in the North Sea, with hydrodynamical, geological and biological processes on small to medium scales. It is argued that much fundamental research remains to be done before the impact of pollution on the marine environment will be really understood. Belgium is the only EEG country without an institute devoted to the fundamental study of the seas. If Belgium is to conserve its international role in this domain, it will have to create such an institute soon, since the role of the universities is ever decreasing due to lack of funds and. above all personnel.