The release of persistent organic pollutants (PCBs, HCB, HCHs and DDTs) accumulated in Alpine glaciers, was studied during spring-summer 2006 on the Frodolfo glacial-fed stream (Italian Alps). Samples were also taken on a non-glacial stream in the same valley, to compare POP contribution from different water sources (glacier ice, recent snow and spring). In late spring and early summer (May, June) recent snow melting is the most important process. POP contamination is more affected by local emissions and transport, and comparable levels have been measured in both streams for all studied compounds. In late summer and autumn (July―October), the contribution of ice melting strongly increases. In the glacial-fed stream the concentration of chlorinated pesticides (HCHs and DDTs) is about one order of magnitude higher than in the non-glacial-fed. A different behaviour was observed for PCBs, characterised by a peak in June showing, in both streams, concentrations three orders of magnitude higher than the background levels measured in May and in October. This result should be attributed to local emissions rather than long range atmospheric transport (LRAT). This hypothesis is supported by the PCB congener profile in June strictly comparable to the most commonly used Aroclor technical mixtures. The different seasonal behaviour observed for the different groups of chemicals indicates the POP loading in glacial streams is a combined role of long range atmospheric transport and local emission.

Bizzotto, E., Villa, S., Vaj, C., Vighi, M. (2009). Comparison of glacial and non-glacial-fed streams to evaluate the loading of persistent organic pollutants trough seasonal snow/ice melt. CHEMOSPHERE, 74(7), 924-930 [10.1016/j.chemosphere.2008.10.013].

Comparison of glacial and non-glacial-fed streams to evaluate the loading of persistent organic pollutants trough seasonal snow/ice melt

VILLA, SARA;VAJ, CLAUDIA;VIGHI, MARCO
2009

Abstract

The release of persistent organic pollutants (PCBs, HCB, HCHs and DDTs) accumulated in Alpine glaciers, was studied during spring-summer 2006 on the Frodolfo glacial-fed stream (Italian Alps). Samples were also taken on a non-glacial stream in the same valley, to compare POP contribution from different water sources (glacier ice, recent snow and spring). In late spring and early summer (May, June) recent snow melting is the most important process. POP contamination is more affected by local emissions and transport, and comparable levels have been measured in both streams for all studied compounds. In late summer and autumn (July―October), the contribution of ice melting strongly increases. In the glacial-fed stream the concentration of chlorinated pesticides (HCHs and DDTs) is about one order of magnitude higher than in the non-glacial-fed. A different behaviour was observed for PCBs, characterised by a peak in June showing, in both streams, concentrations three orders of magnitude higher than the background levels measured in May and in October. This result should be attributed to local emissions rather than long range atmospheric transport (LRAT). This hypothesis is supported by the PCB congener profile in June strictly comparable to the most commonly used Aroclor technical mixtures. The different seasonal behaviour observed for the different groups of chemicals indicates the POP loading in glacial streams is a combined role of long range atmospheric transport and local emission.
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PCBs, Chlorinated pesticides, Glacier, Alps, Surface water, Melt water
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Bizzotto, E., Villa, S., Vaj, C., Vighi, M. (2009). Comparison of glacial and non-glacial-fed streams to evaluate the loading of persistent organic pollutants trough seasonal snow/ice melt. CHEMOSPHERE, 74(7), 924-930 [10.1016/j.chemosphere.2008.10.013].
Bizzotto, E; Villa, S; Vaj, C; Vighi, M
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