Comparative Assessment of Organic Pollution in the Rivers Impact Area of the North-Western, Western, and Southern Part of the Black Sea
AbstractIn the context of CBC Project “Assessing the vulnerability of the Black Sea marine ecosystem to human pressures” (ANEMONE), a comparative assessment of rivers impact on the Black Sea ecosystem quality was performed through pilot case studies carried out in the north- western, western and southern marine areas in front of the rivers’ mouths. The evaluation was done using national methods in each area and the HELCOM integrated hazardous substances assessment tool (CHASE) developed by NIVA Denmark. Even though there are many differences between areas regarding indicator substances or threshold values used in assessment, the Black Sea quality is better in the southern part where the status was moderate comparative with the other areas which were in bad status. Therefore, we identified the chemical pressure coming from organic pollutants input. The results can contribute to environmental measures enhancement in the Black Sea region.
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