© 2011

Persistent Pollution – Past, Present and Future

School of Environmental Research - Organized by Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht

  • Markus Quante
  • Ralf Ebinghaus
  • Götz Flöser


  • Represents a state-of-the-art review of environment chemistry of POPs, heavy metals and aerosols by leading international scientists


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction, History and Reconstruction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Claude Boutron, Carlo Barbante, Sungmin Hong, Kevin Rosman, Michael Bolshov, Freddy Adams et al.
      Pages 19-46
  3. Emissions

  4. Persistant Pollutions: A Closer Look

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Carlo Barbante, Jacopo Gabrieli, Paolo Gabrielli, Paul Vallelonga, Giulio Cozzi, Clara Turetta et al.
      Pages 71-94
    3. Rosalinda Gioia, Jordi Dachs, Luca Nizzetto, Naiara Berrojalbiz, Cristóbal Galbán, Sabino Del Vento et al.
      Pages 111-139
    4. Wolf-Ulrich Palm
      Pages 141-175
    5. Annika Jahnke, Ralf Ebinghaus
      Pages 207-223
  5. Transport and Modelling

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 225-225
    2. Armin Aulinger
      Pages 227-244
    3. Hendrik Elbern, Achim Strunk, Elmar Friese, Lars Nieradzik
      Pages 245-265
    4. Hartmut Graßl
      Pages 287-298

About this book


This book evolved from the 5th School of Environmental Research entitled „Persistent Pollution – Past, Present and Future”, which has set a focus on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), heavy metals and aerosols. Research topics covered by the School included the  reconstruction of past changes based on the scientific analysis of natural archives such as ice cores and peat deposits,  evaluation of the present environmental state by the integration of measurements and modelling and the establishment of cause-effect-patterns,  assessment of possible environmental future scenarios including emission and climate change perspectives. Leading scientists in the field of Marine and Atmospheric Chemistry, Meteorology and Modelling, Environmental Chemistry and Physics, as well as Environmental Policy and Management have prepared manuscripts. The book consists of 19 contributions prepared by more than 40 authors. The structure of the book has been outlined according to the topics addressed by the School and includes synthesis chapters which look into the history and reconstruction of environmental pollution, address emission questions, provide a closer look on selected persistent pollutants, deal with transport and modelling aspects, shed light on some health issues related to persistent pollutants, and discuss emerging contaminants in the atmospheric and marine environment.


Aerosols Environmental Management Heavy Metal Modelling Persistent Organic Pollutants

Editors and affiliations

  • Markus Quante
    • 1
  • Ralf Ebinghaus
    • 2
  • Götz Flöser
    • 3
  1. 1., Environmental ChemistryGKSS School of Environmental ResearchGeesthachtGermany
  2. 2., Institute for Coastal ResearchGKSS Research Centre GeesthachtGeesthachtGermany
  3. 3., Institute for Coastal ResearchGKSS Research Centre GeesthachtGeesthachtGermany

About the editors

Markus Quante is a senior research scientist and deputy head of the Department of Environmental Chemistry at the Institute of Coastal Research of the Helmholz Centre Geesthacht. He is professor for environmental sciences and climate physics at the University of Lüneburg / Germany. He is an expert in airborne turbulence measurements and cloud remote sensing and was involved in organizing and managing international cloud research campaigns. Markus Quante is member of the international science team, advising the CloudSat research satellite mission of NASA and Colorado State University. Currently Markus Quante is working in the field of chemistry transport modelling and coordinates an international initiative conducting a climate change assessment for the North Sea region. Among other services he is an active member of the Advisory Committee for the “European Research Course on Atmospheres” of the University Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France.

Ralf Ebinghaus is an analytical and environmental chemist and head of the Department for Environmental Chemistry of the Institute for Coastal Research of the Helmholz Centre in Geesthacht near Hamburg. He is also Professor (h.c.) at the Faculty of Environmental Science at Leuphana University of Lüneburg. His research fields include transport, deposition, and air/sea-gas exchange of atmospheric trace constituents, such as mercury and persistent organic pollutants (POPs) with special emphasis on substances of emerging concern for the coastal, marine, and polar environment. He is editor of the CSIRO Journal “Environmental Chemistry” and co-editor of the EGU Open Access Journal “Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics”. 

Götz Flöser is research associate at the Helmholz Centre Geesthacht and active in Wadden Sea research. He is also responsible for organizational matters in the field of Coastal Research and has organized six “Schools of Environmental Research”. He is technical editor of the book series.

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