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Background levels and the anthropogenic component of naturally occurring elements in marine sediments subject to dredging - AE0257

Description
Summary Objective:-
Assess the appropriateness of developing Sediment Quality Criteria as a method of measuring chemical quality by determining background concentrations of naturally occurring elements from estuarine and coastal areas where dredging may occur. Compare the results with similar areas known to contain enhanced levels due to man-made activities.

Key Customer Purpose:-
Enable DEFRA to debate nationally and internationally e.g. at OSPAR, the acceptability of sediment chemical quality criteria as a tool for the disposal of dredged material at sea.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Background levels and the anthropogenic component of naturally occurring elements in marine sediments subject to dredging   (998k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2000

To: 2005

Cost: £368,096
Contractor / Funded Organisations
CEFAS
Keywords
Dredging              
Environmental Protection              
Marine conservation              
Nature conservation              
Fields of Study
Environmental Protection - Marine