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Willie JGM Peijnenburg, Peter R Teasdale, Danny Reible, Julie Mondon, William W Bennett and Peter GC Campbell Passive sampling methods for contaminated sediments: State of the science for metals Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 10

Article first published online: 27 JAN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/ieam.1502

Key Points

  • Passive sampling methods (PSMs) offer the potential for cost-efficient and accurate in situ characterization of the dissolved concentrations for inorganic sediment contaminants.
  • PSMs are useful for evaluating the geochemical behavior of metals in surficial sediments, including determination of fluxes across the sediment-water interface, and post-depositional changes in metal speciation.
  • Few studies have tried to link PSM responses in sediments to metal uptake and toxicity responses in benthic organisms. There is a clear need for further studies.
  • Future PSMs could be designed to mimic saturable kinetics, which would fill the gap between the kinetic and the equilibrium regime samplers currently used, and may improve prediction of metals accumulation by benthic organisms.

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