Marine Pollution: Sources, Fate and Effects of Pollutants in Coastal Ecosystems bring together the theoretical background on common and emerging marine pollutants and their effects on organisms (ecotoxicology). Written by a well-renowned expert in the field who is a researcher, teacher and advisor of national and international institutions on issues, such as oil spills, water quality assessment and plastic pollution, the book offers a thorough account of the effects (ecotoxicology) of pollutants on marine organisms and the public health implications, along with the biological tools advocated by the international institutions for marine pollution monitoring.
Marine Pollution: Sources, Fate and Effects of Pollutants in Coastal Ecosystems presents information in a rigorous and contrasted manner derived from a comprehensive review of solid scientific knowledge, but also illustrated with examples of practical applications.
- Contains up-to-date background levels and regulations on marine pollutants
- Conveys an in-depth analysis of the uptake, accumulation and fate of pollutants in the marine compartments
- Delivers a critical appraisal on biological tools for the practical monitoring of coastal pollution
- Includes a comprehensive glossary of technical terms and appendices with useful transversal information (units, acronyms, etc.)
Section 1. Pollutants in coastal ecosystems 1. Basic concepts 2. Non-persistent organic pollution 3. Non-persistent inorganic pollution 4. Microbial pollution 5. Self-purification and wastewater treatment 6. Plastics and other solid wastes 7. Hydrocarbons and oil spills 8. Persistent organic xenobiotics 9. Trace metals and organometallic compounds
Section 2. Marine ecotoxicology 10. Distribution of pollutants in coastal environments 11. Bioaccumulation 12. Biotransformation 13. Lethal and sublethal toxicity 14. Effects of pollution on populations and communities
Section 3. Monitoring and management of coastal pollution 15. Biological tools for monitoring: Biomarkers and bioassays 16. Marine pollution monitoring programs 17. Pollution control: focus on emissions 18. Pollution control: focus on receiving waters
Dr. Ricardo Beiras is a full professor teaching Marine Pollution. His main research covers biological assessment of marine pollution, in which he is an international expert (+110 papers in SCI journals). In addition to teaching, Beiras is a frequent chairman in SETAC Europe meetings, a member of the panel of advisors for the Spanish call for proposals on accidental marine pollution, Spanish Advisor for the Prestige Commission of the Galician Parliament, advisor of IEO at ICES working groups and an Editor of Frontiers in Marine Sciences.