Metals, Metalloids and Radionuclides in the Baltic Sea Ecosystem, 5


  • P. Szefer, Department of Food Sciences, Medical University of Gdansk, Al Gen J Hallera 107, PL 80-416 Gdansk, Poland

This book presents in detail the state of knowledge of the distribution, bioavailability, biomagnification, discrimination, fate and sources of chemical pollutants (metals, metalloids, radionuclides and nutrients) in all compartments (atmosphere, water, deposits, biota) of the Baltic environment. Particular components of the Baltic ecosystem are considered as potential monitors of pollutants. Budgets of chemical elements and the ecological status of the Baltic Sea in the past, present and future are presented. Estimates of health risks to man in respect to some toxic metals and radionuclides in fish and seafood are briefly discussed. The content of the book makes possible the identification of gaps in our environmental knowledge of the Baltic Sea, with certain sections establishing possible priorities, key areas or strategies for future research.
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The book is mainly directed to marine chemists, geochemists, environmentalists, biologists, ecologists, ecotoxicologists, educators in marine sciences as well as to students of oceanography.


Book information

  • Published: January 2002
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-50352-7


...This remarkable volume has partly synthesised the wide-ranging research done and will be a valuable addition to the literature.
International Journal of Environmental Analytical Chemistry

...Professionals and students in aquatic environmental and life sciences will find this book a valuable one. All chapters are relatively well balanced and provide great sources of data and excellent overview of chemical status of the Baltic Sea ecosystem.
A. Kabata-Pendias, Chemia Analyityczna
...The book is well written and should be very helpful both for graduate students, who are able to learn how a general view of biogeochemical and ecological problems is gained through the explicit analysis of observations, and for marine chemists, geochemists, environmentalists, and biologists.
A.A. Ponizovsky, Journal of Environmental Quality

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements. Preface. 1. Introduction. 2. Air and water as a medium for chemical elements. 3. Biota as a medium for chemical elements. 4. Deposits as a medium for chemical elements. 5. Bioavailability and biomagnification of chemical elements and radionuclides. 6. Sources of chemical elements. 7. Monitors of Baltic Sea pollution. 8. Estimate of health risk. 9. Global input of chemical elements and pollution status of the Baltic Sea. Author index. Special index. Subject index.