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Subterreanean estuaries: A source or sink of contaminants of emerging concern to the coastal ocean?

Project description

Transport of contaminants of emerging concern within subterranean estuaries

Submarine groundwater discharge (SGD) is an underresearched route for pollution to spread to coastal waters. It is also a major source of nutrients, carbon, and metals. However, it is not clearly understood whether SGD is a source or sink of contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) to coastal waters. Before reaching the ocean, SGD travels through the subterranean estuary, a natural biogeochemical hotspot. The EU-funded STE CECs project will therefore conduct field, laboratory and modelling experiments to establish the controlling factors governing CEC behaviour within subterranean estuaries and their eventual release to the coastal ocean via SGD. Field experiments will be conducted in contrasting silicate and carbonate systems to cover the wide range of conditions existing along the European coastline.


Net EU contribution
€ 203 852,16
405 30 Goeteborg

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Södra Sverige Västsverige Västra Götalands län
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 203 852,16