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Institute of Coastal Environmental Chemistry

Inorganic Environmental Chemistry


Sampling station Cuxhaven (Photo: Daniel Pröfrock/Hereon)

Coastal zones are affected by a wide range of human activities. In particular, animals and plants in coastal waters are exposed to persistent, bio-accumulating and toxic substances (PBTs). The Department of Marine Bioanalytical Chemistry investigates contaminants of concern with a special emphasis on trace elements and their species, as well as isotopic compositions of stable non-traditional isotopic systems and their potential impacts on the coastal zones and the surrounding marine environment.

Sources, transport pathways and sinks of inorganic contaminants as well as their interactions with catchments, estuarine and coastal zones are determined to contribute to the overall assessment of the environmental status of the North Sea and to identify potential consequences related to ongoing anthrophogenic utilisation of the coastal zones. For this, state of the art sampling techniques and analytical tools are utilized and continuously further developed to allow the accurate determination of contaminants in different environmental compartments such as sediments, water and biota.

Current and perspective research topics