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Contaminants of the Great Lakes

  • Jill Crossman
  • Chris Weisener


  • Highlights technological advances in identifying, monitoring, and predicting contaminant source, transport and fate within the Great Lakes

  • Characterizes interactions between existing and emerging contaminants (e.g. PCBs and microplastics)

  • Includes contributions from US and Canadian scientists, and from federal and provincial departments, reflecting the topic’s transboundary nature


Part of the The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry book series (HEC, volume 101)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. J. Crossman, C. Weisener
    Pages 1-12
  3. Source, Transport and Fate

  4. Ecological Impact

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Katelyn McKindles, Thijs Frenken, R. Michael L. McKay, George S. Bullerjahn
      Pages 109-133
    3. Emma M. DeRoy, Hugh J. MacIsaac
      Pages 135-156
  5. Monitoring and Modelling

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
    2. Meagan L. Beaton, Neda Mashhadi, R. Paul Weidman, Karlynne R. Dominato, Scott O. C. Mundle
      Pages 183-216
    3. Caren E. Binding, Richard P. Stumpf, Robert A. Shuchman, Michael J. Sayers
      Pages 217-232
  6. Management

About this book


This book reviews the globally important freshwater resource of the Great Lakes, which is currently threatened by contaminants that compromise water quality and impact its ecological and economic health. Divided into four parts, this volume covers historic, current and emerging sources of contamination from heavy metals and persistent organic pollutants to microplastics; and identifies their ecological impacts. Due to factors ranging from rapidly changing land use practices, climate change and our emerging understanding of their impact on biological, chemical and physical interactions, the effectiveness of management strategies has proven highly variable. Continued enhancements in the rate of lake recovery are required to sustain the health of the Great Lakes. Accordingly, the book also explores recent advances in contaminant detection, along with future steps forward in lake management approaches. Revealing our current knowledge gaps and providing a roadmap towards sustainable solutions, the book offers a valuable asset for scientists, managers and the public alike.


Microplastics Persistent organic pollutants (POP) Heavy metal contaminants Aquatic ecosystems Algal Blooms Oxygen depletion

Editors and affiliations

  • Jill Crossman
    • 1
  • Chris Weisener
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Environment and Great Lakes Institute for Environmental ResearchUniversity of WindsorWindsorCanada
  2. 2.School of Environment and Great Lakes Institute for Environmental ResearchUniversity of WindsorWindsorCanada

About the editors

Jill Crossman is an Associate Professor at the University of Windsor, working in the field of hydrochemistry. Her research focuses on interactions between land management and aquatic ecosystems, on improving lake recovery rates with regard to harmful algal blooms and associated oxygen depletion, and on emerging contaminants, specifically microplastics.

Chris Weisener is a Professor of Geomicrobiology with a research focus on geochemical elemental cycling in sediment/aqueous compartments. His work aims to broaden our understanding of the mechanisms influencing the mobility, cycling and chemical form of metals and nutrients.

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