Scope of ContaSed2021
Sediments are sources and sinks of contaminants, and play an important role in mediating pollutants across compartments of ecosystems. Following ContaSed2015, ContaSed2021 will focus on organic and inorganic sediment contaminant classes including microplastics, emerging contaminants, heavy metals and persistent organic pollutants. Contributions dealing with empirical or modelling studies are invited to the following Sessions:
Topic 1: From source to sink: transport and deposition of contaminants in sediments
Location of pollution sources, transport dynamics, and temporal and spatial distribution trends of naturally occurring and synthetic substances. Monitoring data from different aquatic settings under multiple stressors derived from anthropogenic activities. Target and non-target analysis in surface sediments and/or sediment cores.
Topic 2: Assessing risks of contaminants in sediments: methodologies and ecotoxicological case studies
Methods for assessing environmental and human risk, chemical proxies for bioavailability, good practices and lessons learned from case studies on the effects and risk assessment of contaminated sediments.
Topic 3: Analytical tools and methods for assessing sediment contamination
New analytical techniques and robust data processing to assess sediment contamination, prioritize relevant contaminants and identify challenging compounds.
Topic 4: Fate of contaminants in depositional settings
Processes, sorption, transport and deposition of sediment-bounded chemicals. Chemicals persistence/degradation in the sedimentary column.
Topic 5: Sediments as archives of historical pollution
Time series and/or spatial distribution of contaminated sediments to reconstruct anthropogenic changes over time.
Registration and Abstract Submission
Registration will be free of charge (online conference). The post-conference excursion on Thursday 12 June 2021 will not take place.