Marine Pollution - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128137369

Marine Pollution

1st Edition

Sources, Fate and Effects of Pollutants in Coastal Ecosystems

Authors: Ricardo Beiras
Paperback ISBN: 9780128137369
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st August 2018
Page Count: 408
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Marine Pollution: Sources, Fate and Effects of Pollutants in Coastal Ecosystems bring together the theoretical background on common and emerging marine pollutants and their effects on organisms (ecotoxicology). Written by a well-renowned expert in the field who is a researcher, teacher and advisor of national and international institutions on issues, such as oil spills, water quality assessment and plastic pollution, the book offers a thorough account of the effects (ecotoxicology) of pollutants on marine organisms and the public health implications, along with the biological tools advocated by the international institutions for marine pollution monitoring.

Marine Pollution: Sources, Fate and Effects of Pollutants in Coastal Ecosystems presents information in a rigorous and contrasted manner derived from a comprehensive review of solid scientific knowledge, but also illustrated with examples of practical applications.

Key Features

  • Contains up-to-date background levels and regulations on marine pollutants
  • Conveys an in-depth analysis of the uptake, accumulation and fate of pollutants in the marine compartments
  • Delivers a critical appraisal on biological tools for the practical monitoring of coastal pollution
  • Includes a comprehensive glossary of technical terms and appendices with useful transversal information (units, acronyms, etc.)


Undergraduates with a background in marine sciences, first year PHD students and early career researchers seeking a specialization in environmental management. Students of environmental sciences (undergraduates and master students) seeking theoretical backgrounds and applied knowledge on state of the art marine pollution science. Public and private stakeholders involved in the management of marine environment, specifically theoretical background and applied knowledge on pollution prevention, monitoring, effects and abatement

Table of Contents

Section 1. Pollutants in coastal ecosystems
1. Basic concepts
2. Non-persistent organic pollution
3. Non-persistent inorganic pollution
4. Microbial pollution
5. Self-purification and wastewater treatment
6. Plastics and other solid wastes
7. Hydrocarbons and oil spills
8. Persistent organic xenobiotics
9. Trace metals and organometallic compounds

Section 2. Marine ecotoxicology
10. Distribution of pollutants in coastal environments
11. Bioaccumulation
12. Biotransformation
13. Lethal and sublethal toxicity
14. Effects of pollution on populations and communities

Section 3. Monitoring and management of coastal pollution
15. Biological tools for monitoring: Biomarkers and bioassays
16. Marine pollution monitoring programs
17. Pollution control: focus on emissions
18. Pollution control: focus on receiving waters


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About the Author

Ricardo Beiras

Dr. Ricardo Beiras is a full professor teaching Marine Pollution. His main research covers biological assessment of marine pollution, in which he is an international expert (+110 papers in SCI journals). In addition to teaching, Beiras is a frequent chairman in SETAC Europe meetings, a member of the panel of advisors for the Spanish call for proposals on accidental marine pollution, Spanish Advisor for the Prestige Commission of the Galician Parliament, advisor of IEO at ICES working groups and an Editor of Frontiers in Marine Sciences.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Ecology, Faculty of Marine Sciences, University of Vigo, Spain

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