Heavy Metal Contents and Distribution in Coastal Sediments of the Gulf of Trieste (Northern Adriatic Sea, Italy)
Source: Water, Air, and Soil Pollution, Volume 211, Numbers 1-4, September 2010 , pp. 95-111(17)
Abstract:A set of ten heavy metals (Al, As, Cd, Cr, Cu, Hg, Ni, Pb, V, and Zn) was investigated in surface sediments (0–5 cm) collected in 21 sites of the Gulf of Trieste, Northern Adriatic Sea (Italy). The aim of this work was to obtain a preliminary assessment about the levels and spatial distribution of these selected elements. Ancillary parameters such as grain size, total organic carbon, and total nitrogen were also determined. The enrichment factor was calculated to discriminate if a natural condition or a status of anthropogenic contamination occurs. In addition, a set of sediment quality guidelines, mean effect low range and effect medium range quotients, was also applied in order to predict the probability of adverse biological effects on the benthic community.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Osservatorio Alto Adriatico, ARPA FVG (Agenzia Regionale per la Protezione dell’Ambiente), Via Cairoli 14, 33057, Palmanova, Italy, Email: email@example.com 2: Dipartimento Provinciale di Trieste, ARPA FVG (Agenzia Regionale per la Protezione dell’Ambiente), Via La Marmora 13, 34127, Trieste, Italy 3: Osservatorio Alto Adriatico, ARPA FVG (Agenzia Regionale per la Protezione dell’Ambiente), Via Cairoli 14, 33057, Palmanova, Italy
Publication date: September 1, 2010