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Fuzzy model for risk assessment of persistent organic pollutants in aquatic ecosystems
Seguí, Xavier; Pujolasus, Edgar; Betrò, S.; Agueda Costafreda, Alba; Casal Fàbrega, Joaquim; Ocampo-Duque, W.; Rudolph, I.; Barra, R.; Páez, M.; Barón, E.; Eljarrat, E.; Barceló, D.; Darbra Roman, Rosa Maria
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Departament d'Enginyeria Química; Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. CERTEC - Centre d´Estudis del Risc Tecnològic
We developed a model for evaluating the environmental risk of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) to aquatic organisms. The model is based on fuzzy theory and uses information provided by international experts through a questionnaire. It has been tested in two case studies for a particular type of POPs: brominated flame retardants (BFRs). The first case study is related to the EU-funded AQUATERRA project, with sampling campaigns carried out in two Ebro tributaries in Spain (the Cinca and Vero Rivers). The second one, named the BROMACUA project, assessed different aquatic ecosystems in Chile (San Vicente Bay) and Colombia (Santa Marta Marsh). In both projects, the BFRs under study were polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD). However, the model can be extrapolated to other POPs and to different aquatic ecosystems to provide useful results for decision-makers.
Peer Reviewed
Àrees temàtiques de la UPC::Enginyeria química::Química del medi ambient
Environmental risk assessment
Water -- Pollution
Contaminants orgànics de l'aigua
Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Spain

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