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 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, this book offers a thorough account of the effects of pollutants on marine organisms, the relevant environmental regulations, 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 detailed and didactic manner, reviewing the latest scientific knowledge alongside examples of practical applications.
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Part I. Pollutants in Marine Ecosystems 1. Basic Concepts 2. Nonpersistent Organic Pollution 3. Nonpersistent Inorganic Pollution 4. Microbial Pollution 5. Liquid Wastes: From Self-purification to Waste Water Treatment 6. Plastics and Other Solid Wastes 7. Hydrocarbons and Oil Spills 8. Persistent Organic Xenobiotics 9. Trace Metals and Organometallic Compounds
Part II. Marine Ecotoxicology 10. Distribution of Pollutants in Marine Environment 11. Bioaccumulation 12. Biotransformation 13. Theory and Practice of Toxicology: Toxicity Testing 14. Sublethal Toxicity at the Level of Organism 15. Effects of Pollution on Populations, Communities, and Ecosystems
Part III. Monitoring and Abatement of Marine Pollution 16. Biological Tools for Monitoring: Biomarkers and Bioassays 17. Marine Pollution Monitoring Programs 18. Pollution Control: Focus on Emissions 19. 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.