environmental monitoring

environmental monitoring working group Group

Activities 2020/21

In 2020, three meetings of the working group (AK) environmental monitoring organized. In January 2020 a meeting took place in Berlin, at which a room of the Federal Environment Agency could be used. At the session with around 20 participants, the focus was on the topic of "Phosphonates in the aquatic environment". Experts from various institutions presented and discussed research results on the characterization and determination of technical phosphonic acids in wastewater and sediment samples, on the biological degradation of aminophosphonates and on investigations of refractory phosphorus in the course of a sewage treatment plant. Due to the corona, the other events of the AK environmental monitoring in 2020 could only take place as video conferences. More

Research projects

AK members are actively involved in the following environmental monitoring projects:

Thematic compilation of publications

The members of the environmental monitoring working group of the GDCh Division of Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology at various institutions. In addition to representatives from federal and state authorities, colleagues from universities and research institutes are also represented. The expertise of the members of the AK covers various issues of environmental monitoring. AK members are also involved in the preparation of many specialist articles and reports   involved, which are published in different ways. Current topics are, for example, the analysis of brominated flame retardants in fish from inland waters, the determination of heavy metal inputs in forest areas or the examination of environmental samples for the percentage of microplastics. Some of the content is considered "open access"   freely available or reports are made available for download on the websites of the institutions concerned. Publications from the last few years, in which members of the AK were involved, have now been sorted by topic. The publication overviews are available below as PDF files and, for many publications, also contain links to the journals or the download pages of the respective editors.

Subject areas:

Activity reports / activities

2020/2021

In 2020, three meetings of the working group (AK) environmental monitoring organized. In January 2020 a meeting took place in Berlin, at which a room of the Federal Environment Agency could be used. At the meeting with around 20 participants, the focus was on the topic of "Phosphonates in the aquatic environment". Experts from various institutions presented and discussed research results on the characterization and determination of technical phosphonic acids in wastewater and sediment samples, on the biological degradation of aminophosphonates and on investigations of refractory phosphorus in the course of a sewage treatment plant.

Due to the corona, the other events of the AK environmental monitoring in 2020 could only take place as video conferences. In July 2020, various participants presented the EU project Life Apex (https://lifeapex.eu), in which the systematic use of pollutant data from top predators and their prey in chemical management is to be promoted. Methods of non-target and suspect screening are to be used to characterize the chemical load in the organisms and, in particular, to use possible substance accumulations in peak predators as an early warning system. 25 participants discussed different aspects of this topic online. Another meeting of the environmental monitoring took place at the end of November 2020. At this meeting with around 50 participants, the focus was on environmental monitoring and risk assessment of perfluorinated and polyfluorinated alkyl compounds (PFAS). Speakers presented articles on the status of PFAS assessment and regulation, on PFAS trend studies by the Federal Environmental Specimen Bank, on PFAS analytical methods in which precursor compounds are also recorded (TOP assay), on background levels of PFAS in soils and on Evaluation of PFAS in food. In a final round, the results were lively discussed.

At least two meetings of the environmental monitoring are planned for 2021. At the first meeting, which took place as a video conference at the beginning of June, the topic of vegetation monitoring was dealt with. Speakers presented developments and results from moss monitoring and the environmental specimen bank program. This involved, for example, the selection of measuring points and the taking of moss samples, the results of metal pollution from moss monitoring in Bavaria and the analysis of halogenated flame retardants in tree samples from the environmental specimen bank.

The environmental monitoring working group is jointly headed by Heinz Rüdel (Fraunhofer IME), Winfried Schröder (University of Vechta) and Jan Schwarzbauer (RWTH Aachen University). Due to the corona, the regular new election of the head of the environmental monitoring could not be carried out as planned during a face-to-face meeting in 2020. This should be made up for at a meeting at the end of 2021. If no meeting is possible by the end of the year, the election would be carried out by postal vote. For more information in general about the durchgführten AK sessions and for AK environmental monitoring are available over the stated on this page e-mail contact (see box right).

2019/2020

Two meetings of the environmental monitoring took place in 2019. At the meeting in May 2019, the topic of "Biotamonitoring" was dealt with. While one contribution dealt with the fish monitoring for the monitoring of priority substances of the Water Framework Directive, another presentation dealt with the retrospective analysis of cyclic methylsiloxanes in fish of the environmental specimen bank. The second meeting in October 2019 focused on the subject of "environmental monitoring of mercury in terrestrial ecosystems". Here, researchers presented, for example, studies on the development of a method for measuring the wet mercury deposition under the canopy of forests and the atmospheric entry of mercury into alpine ecosystems. Minutes of the meetings are available for those interested.

The main topics of two meetings from previous years were the basis of publications that appeared in 2019. The article ?Rating the risks of anticoagulant rodenticides in the aquatic environment: a review? (Environmental Chemistry Letters 2019, 17, 215-240; link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10311-018-0788-6 ) discusses findings from environmental monitoring of rodenticides, among other things. From the meeting in December 2018, at which scientists from UBA, UFZ, TZW Karlsruhe, TU Munich and LfU Bavaria presented the topic of "Persistent, Mobile and Toxic Substances" from different perspectives, another contribution arose: Persistent, mobile and toxic substances in the environment: a spotlight on current research and regulatory activities (Environmental Sciences Europe 2020, 32: 5; enveurope.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/s12302-019-0286-x, open access).

Two meetings of the environmental monitoring are again planned for 2020. At the first meeting at the end of January, the focus will be on ?Phosphonates in the aquatic environment?. The AK management will be happy to provide further information on the environmental monitoring . The environmental monitoring working group is jointly headed by Heinz Rüdel (Fraunhofer IME), Winfried Schröder (University of Vechta) and Jan Schwarzbauer (RWTH Aachen University).

2018/2019

The environmental monitoring working group is jointly headed by Heinz Rüdel (Fraunhofer IME), Jan Schwarzbauer (RWTH Aachen University) and Winfried Schröder (University of Vechta). In 2018, the members of the AK met for a meeting at which colleagues from UBA, Ufz, TZW Karlsruhe, TU Munich and LfU Bavaria presented the topic of "Persistent, Mobile and Toxic Substances" from different perspectives. About 20 AK members and guests took part in the meeting, which took place in the Federal Environment Agency in Berlin. Minutes of the meeting are available on request. The last meeting took place in May 2019 and dealt with the subject of biotamonitoring with contributions on fish monitoring in the context of the Water Framework Directive and on the retrospective analysis of methylsiloxanes in fish by the environmental specimen bank. Another working group meeting is planned for October 2019. The AK management will be happy to provide further information on the environmental monitoring .

2017

As in previous years, the members of the environmental monitoring working group met for two meetings in 2017, at which various topics were presented by AK members or external speakers. Around 15 members and guests took part in each of the meetings. Both meetings took place in Berlin. More Mitt Umweltchem Ökotox 1/2018

2016

The members of the environmental monitoring working group organized two meetings in 2016 at which various topics were presented and discussed by AK members or external speakers. Around 15 people - members and guests - were present at each of the meetings. More Mitt Umweltchem Ökotox 4/16.

2015

In 2015, three meetings of the working group (AK) environmental monitoring were held, at which various topics were presented and discussed by members of the AK or external speakers. Around 15 people were present at each of the meetings. More Mitt Umweltchem Ökotox 4/15.

Contact:

Dr. Heinz Rüdel, Fraunhofer
IME, Schmallenberg; Tel. 02972 302 301;
Email: heinz.ruedel@ime.fraunhofer.de

literature

With the publication of the position paper "Substance-related environmental monitoring" in Environ Sci Pollut Res (2009, 16: 486-498), the series of articles "Chemical and Biological Environmental Monitoring" was introduced, in which numerous articles by AK members have since been published. More literature

Data portals for substance-related environmental monitoring (overview)

Links to data portals for substance-related environmental monitoring, including the federal environmental specimen bank, the UNDINE information platform and the ICPR data portal. More data portals

archive

Older information from the AK, e.g. Activity reports and on the main topic: Analysis of nanoparticles in complex media. More archive

Contact

Dr. Heinz Rüdel
Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology,
On the Aberg 1,
57392 Schmallenberg, Germany
e-mail

Board

Dr. Heinz Rüdel, Schmallenberg
Prof. Dr. Winfried Schröder, University of Vechta
Prof. Dr. Jan Schwarzbauer
, RWTH Aachen

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