Pollution of the North Sea

An Assessment

Editors: Salomons, W., Bayne, B.L., Duursma, E.K., Förstner, U. (Eds.)

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This preface is being written at a time of exceptional public interest in the North Sea, following media head­ lines on toxic algal blooms, the mass mortality of common seals, and concern over pollution levels. These headlines may suggest that pollution of the North Sea is a recent event. This is not the case. Although no data are available (methods simply did not exist), it is safe to assume that emission (both into air and water) of heavy metals already started to increase in the 19th cen­ tury. The growth of cities and introduction of sewer sys­ tems led to the discharge of raw sewage and sewage sludge. The introduction of man-made (xenobiotic) organ­ ic chemicals and their subsequent emission into the North Sea commenced before the second world war. The shallower and coastal areas of the North Sea receive the highest concentrations of these pollutants. Not unexpectedly, these areas - some Norwegian fjords, the Dutch coast, the German Bight - show signs of ecosystem deterioration and eutrophication. A certain percentage of the pollutants does not remain in the North Sea but is "exported" to the Atlantic. The North Sea therefore con­ tributes to the global input of pollutants to the world's oceans. The major part of the pollutants accumulate in the North Sea and are incorporated in the bottom sediments. Although they are "out of sight", they should not be "out of mind".

Table of contents (40 chapters)

  • The Hydrography and Hydrographic Balances of the North Sea

    Reid, P. C. (et al.)

    Pages 3-19

  • Suspended Matter and Sediment Transport

    Eisma, D. (et al.)

    Pages 20-35

  • Geobiological Effects on the Mobility of Contaminants in Marine Sediments

    Kersten, M.

    Pages 36-58

  • The Nature and Functioning of Salt Marshes

    Beeftink, W. G. (et al.)

    Pages 59-87

  • Estuaries

    Martin, J. M. (et al.)

    Pages 88-99

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Pollution of the North Sea
Book Subtitle
An Assessment
Editors
  • Wim Salomons
  • Brian L. Bayne
  • Egbert K. Duursma
  • Ulrich Förstner
Copyright
1988
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-73709-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-73709-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-73711-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 687
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