Hibernian Marine

Pollution and Water Quality

  • Ocean pollution modelling and analysis – Fate, transport and cycling studies contemporary and scenario studies process studies; uptake and exchange in ecosystems;
  • Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) – intentionally and unintentionally released
  • Plastics (microplastics, nanoplastics)
  • Chemicals of emerging concern (CECs)
  • Climate change – carbon sequestration and ocean acidification studies
  • Water quality – thermal and effluent discharges
Hibernian Marine

Pollution and Water Quality

  • Ocean pollution modelling and analysis – Fate, transport and cycling studies contemporary and scenario studies process studies; uptake and exchange in ecosystems;
  • Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) – intentionally and unintentionally released
  • Plastics (microplastics, nanoplastics)
  • Chemicals of emerging concern (CECs)
  • Climate change – carbon sequestration and ocean acidification studies
  • Water quality – thermal and effluent discharges

Figure 1 Schematic demonstrating the cycling of pollutants in coastal ocean systems, including uptake and exchange in ocean ecosystems. Here, CECs (chemicals of emerging concern), microplastics (µPs) and/or persistent organic pollutants enter the water column through the ocean surface, river input, waste water treatment plants, etc., before undergoing various processes outlined in the schematic. Pollutants are cycled through both pelagic and benthic ecosystems, biomagnifying as they move up the food chain and various trophic levels.

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Figure 1

Figure 2 Schematic of POPs fate, cycling and transport processes occurring in coastal and shelf systems. Pollutants enter the ocean via river input and the ocean surface. They are exchanged with the atmosphere through air-sea processes, with the sediment through settling and resuspension processes, and with the open ocean through advective processes from/into the regional basin.

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Figure 2

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