National Research Program
Origin, Fate, and Transport of Organic Compounds in Surface and Ground Waters and Their Effect on Water Quality
There is a general lack of knowledge of fundamental processes governing the fate and transport of anthropogenic organic compounds in surface and ground waters. Interactions of organic contaminants with natural organic coatings on sediments and aquifer porous media are not well understood. Furthermore, abiotic and biological transformations of organic contaminants in surface and ground waters require extensive fundamental investigations if their effects on Water Quality are to be understood. Objectives are to (1) determine physicochemical and biological processes, controlling the fate and transport of organic compounds in surface and ground waters; (2) determine bioavailability of hydrophobic organic contaminants to stream biota; and (3) study transport of organic compounds from rivers through estuarine systems.
REPORTS PUBLISHED 2002
Hostettler, F.D., and Kvenvolden, K.A., 2002, Alkylcyclohexanes in environmental geochemistry: Proceedings of the Twenty-fifth Arctic and Marine Oilspill Program (AMOP) Technical Seminar, June 11-13, 2002, Alberta, Canada, Vol. 1, p. 489-502.
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