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.
Article Series: Communications from the division "Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology" of the German Chemical Society (GDCh) Statements and reports of the working groups "Environmental Monitoring" and "Soil Chemistry and Soil Ecology"
Rudel H, Hennecke D, Kordel W and Fischer K
Environmental Sciences Europe 2011, 23:35 (10 November 2011)
In recent years, new substances have increasingly come into the focus of environmental research (English "emerging substances"). This is partly due to the fact that these substances are newly emitted into the environment. Much more often, however, the cause lies in the fact that the analytical methods for recording them have only been available in recent years. In the 1990s, it was primarily the optimization of GC / MS equipment technology that led to improved detection sensitivity of non-polar or moderately polar substances and thus also made it possible to detect compounds that are only found in the environment in low concentrations. For some years now, more polar substances, which can be quantified by the availability of routine HPLC / MS systems, have been playing an increasingly important role.
A number of the scientists active in the environmental monitoring working group are concerned with the investigation of new pollutants in various environmental media as well as in plant and animal samples. An overview of the work of the last few years is compiled here. Investigations from the terrestrial area, from running waters as well as from the North and Baltic Seas are listed. The range of substances examined extends from perfluorinated compounds to flame retardants and pesticide degradation products to organometallic compounds. As far as already available, references to published work are given. In addition, the e-mail addresses of the respective contact persons are listed in order to enable direct contact for interested parties.
This compilation is intended to document that despite all the improvements in environmental quality over the last few decades, there are still a large number of substances in our environment that require monitoring. Some of the substances, such as certain DDT breakdown products, have endocrine disruptions. For other substances nothing is known about their possible effects. For some substances it is also discussed whether they meet the criteria as persistent organic pollutants according to the Stockholm Convention (e.g. HBCD). In this context, monitoring data can serve as additional information. ? Overview: Investigations of 'emerging substances' - as of February 2011 (PDF download)
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