Dynamic behaviour of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in Brighton marina, UK

  • King A
  • Readman J
  • Zhou J
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Abstract

The distribution of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) between various phases is fundamental in the control of their movement and impact in the marine environment. In this study samples of water and sediments were regularly collected from Brighton marina, UK, to quantify the intensity, spatial and temporal variations of PAH contamination. The results show clearly that PAH behaviour in marine systems is highly complex, and controlled by the interplay of PAH sources, compound physicochemical properties, water and sediment movement, and field conditions. Levels of total PAHs (16 compounds) in the dissolved phase were found to vary between

Author-supplied keywords

  • Brighton marina
  • Distribution coefficient
  • PAHs
  • Remobilisation
  • Sediment
  • Soot carbon

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