Baseline evaluation of sediment contamination in the shallow coastal areas of Saudi Arabian Red Sea

Handle URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10754/625766
Title:
Baseline evaluation of sediment contamination in the shallow coastal areas of Saudi Arabian Red Sea
Authors:
Ruiz-Compean, Pedro; Ellis, Joanne ( 0000-0002-2625-4274 ) ; Curdia, Joao; Payumo, Richard; Langner, Ute; Jones, Burton ( 0000-0002-9599-1593 ) ; Carvalho, Susana ( 0000-0003-1300-1953 )
Abstract:
Despite the growing recognition of the importance of water and sediment quality there is still limited information on contamination levels in many regions globally including the Red Sea. This study provides a comprehensive assessment of three classes of contaminants (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons - PAH; metals; plastics) in coastal sediments along the Saudi Arabian Red Sea mainly collected using grabs. Background concentrations are provided for metals in the region. Concentrations of metals and PAH were generally low in comparison to international guidelines. A clear relationship between the concentration of metals and anthropogenic sources was not always apparent and dust and vegetation may be relevant players in the region. Microplastic items (mainly polyethylene) were abundant (reaching up to 1gm−2 and 160piecesm−2) and in general associated with areas of high human activity. This study provides critical information for future monitoring and the development of national policies within the Red Sea region.
KAUST Department:
Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division; Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)
Citation:
Ruiz-Compean P, Ellis J, Cúrdia J, Payumo R, Langner U, et al. (2017) Baseline evaluation of sediment contamination in the shallow coastal areas of Saudi Arabian Red Sea. Marine Pollution Bulletin. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2017.08.059.
Publisher:
Elsevier BV
Journal:
Marine Pollution Bulletin
Issue Date:
12-Sep-2017
DOI:
10.1016/j.marpolbul.2017.08.059
Type:
Article
ISSN:
0025-326X
Sponsors:
The authors would like to thank the crew of the RV Thuwal and Riaan van der Merwe, Holger Anlauf, and Saskia Kürten who helped with sample collection and processing. Andreia Farinha analyzed the plastic samples through attenuated total reflectance - Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR). This study has resulted from a collaboration between KAUST and Saudi Aramco within the framework of the Saudi Aramco-KAUST Center for Marine Environmental Observations.
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http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0025326X17307336; http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0025326X17307336
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Articles; Red Sea Research Center (RSRC); Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division

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dc.contributor.authorRuiz-Compean, Pedroen
dc.contributor.authorEllis, Joanneen
dc.contributor.authorCurdia, Joaoen
dc.contributor.authorPayumo, Richarden
dc.contributor.authorLangner, Uteen
dc.contributor.authorJones, Burtonen
dc.contributor.authorCarvalho, Susanaen
dc.date.accessioned2017-10-03T12:49:38Z-
dc.date.available2017-10-03T12:49:38Z-
dc.date.issued2017-09-12en
dc.identifier.citationRuiz-Compean P, Ellis J, Cúrdia J, Payumo R, Langner U, et al. (2017) Baseline evaluation of sediment contamination in the shallow coastal areas of Saudi Arabian Red Sea. Marine Pollution Bulletin. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2017.08.059.en
dc.identifier.issn0025-326Xen
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.marpolbul.2017.08.059en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/625766-
dc.description.abstractDespite the growing recognition of the importance of water and sediment quality there is still limited information on contamination levels in many regions globally including the Red Sea. This study provides a comprehensive assessment of three classes of contaminants (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons - PAH; metals; plastics) in coastal sediments along the Saudi Arabian Red Sea mainly collected using grabs. Background concentrations are provided for metals in the region. Concentrations of metals and PAH were generally low in comparison to international guidelines. A clear relationship between the concentration of metals and anthropogenic sources was not always apparent and dust and vegetation may be relevant players in the region. Microplastic items (mainly polyethylene) were abundant (reaching up to 1gm−2 and 160piecesm−2) and in general associated with areas of high human activity. This study provides critical information for future monitoring and the development of national policies within the Red Sea region.en
dc.description.sponsorshipThe authors would like to thank the crew of the RV Thuwal and Riaan van der Merwe, Holger Anlauf, and Saskia Kürten who helped with sample collection and processing. Andreia Farinha analyzed the plastic samples through attenuated total reflectance - Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR). This study has resulted from a collaboration between KAUST and Saudi Aramco within the framework of the Saudi Aramco-KAUST Center for Marine Environmental Observations.en
dc.publisherElsevier BVen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0025326X17307336en
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0025326X17307336en
dc.subjectContaminationen
dc.subjectMarine sedimentsen
dc.subjectMetalsen
dc.subjectPolycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbonsen
dc.subjectMicroplasticsen
dc.subjectBackground contaminant levelsen
dc.subjectData poor regionsen
dc.titleBaseline evaluation of sediment contamination in the shallow coastal areas of Saudi Arabian Red Seaen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentBiological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Divisionen
dc.contributor.departmentRed Sea Research Center (RSRC)en
dc.identifier.journalMarine Pollution Bulletinen
kaust.authorRuiz-Compean, Pedroen
kaust.authorRuiz-Compean, Pedroen
kaust.authorEllis, Joanneen
kaust.authorEllis, Joanneen
kaust.authorCurdia, Joaoen
kaust.authorCurdia, Joaoen
kaust.authorPayumo, Richarden
kaust.authorPayumo, Richarden
kaust.authorLangner, Uteen
kaust.authorLangner, Uteen
kaust.authorJones, Burtonen
kaust.authorJones, Burtonen
kaust.authorCarvalho, Susanaen
kaust.authorCarvalho, Susanaen
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