Agronomy for Sustainable Development

, Volume 29, Issue 1, pp 161–173

Mobility, turnover and storage of pollutants in soils, sediments and waters: achievements and results of the EU project AquaTerra. A review

Authors

    • Center for Applied GeoscienceEberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
  • P. Grathwohl
    • Center for Applied GeoscienceEberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
  • H. J. Fowler
    • University of Newcastle, School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Cassie BuildingNewcastle University
  • A. Bellin
    • Department of Civil and Environmental EngineeringUniversità di Trento
  • M. H. Gerzabek
    • University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences Vienna
  • G. J. Lair
    • University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences Vienna
  • D. Barceló
    • Consejo Superior de Investigaciones CientíficasInstituto de Investigaciones Químicas y Ambientales de Barcelona
  • M. Petrovic
    • Consejo Superior de Investigaciones CientíficasInstituto de Investigaciones Químicas y Ambientales de Barcelona
  • A. Navarro
    • Consejo Superior de Investigaciones CientíficasInstituto de Investigaciones Químicas y Ambientales de Barcelona
  • Ph. Négrel
    • Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières
  • E. Petelet-Giraud
    • Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières
  • D. Darmendrail
    • Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières
  • H. Rijnaarts
    • Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research
  • A. Langenhoff
    • Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research
  • J. de Weert
    • Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research
  • A. Slob
    • Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research
  • B. M. van der Zaan
    • Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research
  • J. Gerritse
    • Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research
  • E. Frank
    • Attempto Service GmbH
  • A. Gutierrez
    • Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières
  • R. Kretzschmar
    • ETH, Department of Environment SciencesInstitute of Biogeochemistry and Pollutant Dynamics, CHN
  • T. Gocht
    • Center for Applied GeoscienceEberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
  • D. Steidle
    • Center for Applied GeoscienceEberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
  • F. Garrido
    • Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières
  • K. C. Jones
    • Environmental Science Department, Institute of Environmental and Natural SciencesLancaster University
  • S. Meijer
    • Environmental Science Department, Institute of Environmental and Natural SciencesLancaster University
  • C. Moeckel
    • Environmental Science Department, Institute of Environmental and Natural SciencesLancaster University
  • A. Marsman
    • Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research
  • G. Klaver
    • Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research
  • T. Vogel
    • Department of Hydraulic and Hydrology, Faculty of Civil EngineeringCzech Technical University in Prague
  • C. Bürger
    • Center for Applied GeoscienceEberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
  • O. Kolditz
    • Department of Inland water research, Department for aquatic chemistry and chemometricsUmweltforschungszentrum Leipzig
  • H. P. Broers
    • Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research
  • N. Baran
    • Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières
  • J. Joziasse
    • Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research
  • W. Von Tümpling
    • Department of Inland water research, Department for aquatic chemistry and chemometricsUmweltforschungszentrum Leipzig
  • P. Van Gaans
    • Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research
  • C. Merly
    • Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières
  • A. Chapman
    • r3 Environmental Technology ltd
  • S. Brouyère
    • GEOMAC DepartmentUniversity of Liège
  • J. Batlle Aguilar
    • GEOMAC DepartmentUniversity of Liège
  • Ph. Orban
    • GEOMAC DepartmentUniversity of Liège
  • N. Tas
    • Laboratory of MicrobiologyWageningen university
  • H. Smidt
    • Laboratory of MicrobiologyWageningen university
Review Article

DOI: 10.1051/agro:2007060

Cite this article as:
Barth, J.A.C., Grathwohl, P., Fowler, H.J. et al. Agron. Sustain. Dev. (2009) 29: 161. doi:10.1051/agro:2007060

Abstract

AquaTerra is one of the first environmental projects within the 6th Framework program by the European Commission. It began in June 2004 with a multidisciplinary team of 45 partner organizations from 13 EU countries, Switzerland, Serbia, Romania and Montenegro. Results from sampling and modeling in 4 large river basins (Ebro, Danube, Elbe and Meuse) and one catchment of the Brévilles Spring in France led to new evaluations of diffuse and hotspot input of persistent organic and metal pollutants including dynamics of pesticides and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, as well as metal turnover and accumulation. While degradation of selected organic compounds could be demonstrated under controlled conditions in the laboratory, turnover of most persistent pollutants in the field seems to range from decades to centuries. First investigations of long-term cumulative and degradation effects, particularly in the context of climate change, have shown that it is also necessary to consider the predictions of more than one climate model when trying to assess future impacts. This is largely controlled by uncertainties in climate model responses. It is becoming evident, however, that changes to the climate will have important impacts on the diffusion and degradation of pollutants in space and time that are just at the start of their exploration.

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