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Michael J Lydy, Peter F Landrum, Amy MP Oen, Mayumi Allinson, Foppe Smedes, Amanda D Harwood, Huizhen Li, Keith A Maruya and Jingfu Liu Passive sampling methods for contaminated sediments: State of the science for organic contaminants Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 10

Article first published online: 18 FEB 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/ieam.1503

Key Points

  • This manuscript reviews 90 recent citations on passive sampling methods (PSMs) that target the freely dissolved concentration (Cfree) of a contaminant in sediment.
  • PSMs employing various polymers and configurations have been used in lab and field applications to quantify Cfree, a better proxy for bioaccumulation and toxicity than bulk sediment (“total”) concentration.
  • Standardization and guidance on proper selection and application of PSMs is needed to expand their utility in assessment and management of contaminated sediments.

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