Special Issue in Applied Sciences: "Contaminants in Coastal Environments: From the Sediment-Water Interface to the Trophic Chain" - Submission deadline 31 December 2021

Dear Colleagues,

Rapid industrialization and urbanization have led to the worsening of environmental quality, especially in coastal environments (i.e., estuaries, lagoons, bays, and harbors), which are subjected to several pressures (i.e., industrial, agricultural, and sewage effluents; shipping; oil spills; river nutrient inputs; and atmospheric depositions). In these environments, sediments represent the final sink and the potential secondary sources, for water column and biota, of several contaminants. Thus, potential toxic elements (PTEs), persistent organic pollutants (POPs), and contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) harm marine life, endanger human health, and often lead to expensive mitigation procedures.

This Special Issue of Applied Sciences is a valuable opportunity to publish recent studies related to the contamination of sediments, water, and biota in coastal environments and to assess the bioavailability, fate, and transport of contaminants. Moreover, the risk assessment and management of these sites will be also considered.

 Therefore, this Special Issue will cover the following subjects:

 Source, fate, and effect of contaminants in sediments of coastal ecosystems.

  • Modeling of sediment source, transport, and storage in coastal ecosystems.
  • Geochemical approaches to bottom sediments to assess anthropogenic changes in coastal environments.
  • Sediment–water interactions and dynamics in coastal environments affected by anthropogenic modifications.
  • Evaluation of the mobility of contaminants from sediments to the water column and biota
  • Solutions to prevent and to mitigate the harmful effects of contaminants on aquatic life.

This Special Issue seeks contributions from all around the world and welcomes high-quality papers that examine, at a local or large scale, the effects, interactions, and management of potential contaminants on the marine environment.

Guest Editors

Dr. Alessandro Acquavita (ARPA FVG, Regional Agency for the Protection of the Environment of Friuli Venezia Giulia )
Dr. Stefano Covelli (University of Trieste, Dept. of Mathematics & Geosciences)
Dr. Efren Garcia-Ordiales (University of Oviedo, Department of Mining Methods and Prospection)