Strategies and approaches to marine pollution research.

C. S. Giam, E. Atlas

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In summary, this study of atmospheric inputs or organic pollutants to the ocean has identified some of the significant compounds undergoing long range transport and has evaluated the exchange. In addition, the work has pointed out the need for more detailed information on the variability of atmospheric transport, on current uses and emission rates of organic compounds to the atmosphere, on physical chemical properties of these compounds, and on their behaviour and interactions in surface seawater. Finally, the work, when complete, will establish certain limits on the transfer rates and mechanisms of organic pollutants across the air-sea interface. These limits can then be used, with appropriate modification, to other ocean areas and can be compared to other transport paths and rates of transformation to better understand the cycling and fate of pollutants in the marine environment. Similar approaches to pollutant cycling and transport in the coastal zone and in other ocean areas would thus provide a more complete picture for predicting the impact of chemical contamination of the oceans.-Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-41
Number of pages9
JournalUnknown Journal
StatePublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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