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The cycling and fate of potentially toxic trace metals within the Clyde estuary - AE0208

R&D Summary Objectives:- To determine the fate of toxic trace metals within the Clyde estuary, with particular reference to the influence of the Manganese cycle, and hence determine the availability of Cd, Cu, Pb and Zn for uptake by aquatic organisms. Key customer purposes:- Enable MAFF to base policy on waste disposal at sea on scientific knowledge of the fate of the contaminants released.
This project will investigate the following questions. 1. Where, and under what conditions, do trace metals become scavenged from the water column? 2. How does Mn cycling influence the concentration of trace metals in the sediment and water column, and consequently the availability of trace metals to aquatic and benthic organisms? 3. To what extent does Mn cycling lead to an accumulation of trace metals in the Clyde system? 4. What chemical changes may occur in the future, in response to changes in the input of trace metals?
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1989

To: 1991

Cost: £84,424
Contractor / Funded Organisations
University - Southampton
Fields of Study
Environmental Protection - Marine