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dc.contributor.authorRuiz Compean, Pedro Javier
dc.contributor.authorEllis, Joanne
dc.contributor.authorCurdia, Joao
dc.contributor.authorPayumo, Richard
dc.contributor.authorLangner, Ute
dc.contributor.authorJones, Burton
dc.contributor.authorCarvalho, Susana
dc.date.accessioned2017-10-03T12:49:38Z
dc.date.available2017-10-03T12:49:38Z
dc.date.issued2017-09-12
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.
dc.identifier.issn0025-326X
dc.identifier.pmid28916352
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.marpolbul.2017.08.059
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.
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.
dc.publisherElsevier BV
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0025326X17307336
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0025326X17307336
dc.subjectContamination
dc.subjectMarine sediments
dc.subjectMetals
dc.subjectPolycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons
dc.subjectMicroplastics
dc.subjectBackground contaminant levels
dc.subjectData poor regions
dc.titleBaseline evaluation of sediment contamination in the shallow coastal areas of Saudi Arabian Red Sea
dc.typeArticle
dc.contributor.departmentBiological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division
dc.contributor.departmentMarine Science Program
dc.contributor.departmentRed Sea Research Center (RSRC)
dc.identifier.journalMarine Pollution Bulletin
kaust.personRuiz Compean, Pedro Javier
kaust.personRuiz Compean, Pedro Javier
kaust.personEllis, Joanne
kaust.personEllis, Joanne
kaust.personCurdia, Joao
kaust.personCurdia, Joao
kaust.personPayumo, Richard
kaust.personPayumo, Richard
kaust.personLangner, Ute
kaust.personLangner, Ute
kaust.personJones, Burton
kaust.personJones, Burton
kaust.personCarvalho, Susana
kaust.personCarvalho, Susana
dc.date.published-online2017-09-12
dc.date.published-print2017-10


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