The Llobregat

The Story of a Polluted Mediterranean River

  • Sergi Sabater
  • Antoni Ginebreda
  • Damià Barceló

Part of the The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry book series (HEC, volume 21)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Rafael Marcé, Jordi Honey-Rosés, Andreu Manzano, Lucas Moragas, Bernardette Catllar, Sergi Sabater
    Pages 1-26
  3. Xavier Sanchez-Vila, Josep-Lluïs Armenter, Felip Ortuño, Enric Queralt, Daniel Fernàndez-Garcia
    Pages 51-68
  4. Rosana Aguilera, Sergi Sabater, Rafael Marcé
    Pages 69-92
  5. I. Muñoz, E. García-Berthou, S. Sabater
    Pages 93-116
  6. Daniel Guillén, Antoni Ginebreda, Ethel Eljarrat, Mira Petrovic, Damià Barceló
    Pages 117-133
  7. Marta Llorca, Francisca Pérez, Marinella Farré, Yolanda Picó, Damià Barceló
    Pages 193-237
  8. Cristina Postigo, Nicola Mastroianni, Miren López de Alda, Damià Barceló
    Pages 239-261
  9. Antoni Ginebreda, Carles Barata, Damià Barceló
    Pages 263-295
  10. Antoni Munné, Carolina Solà, Lluís Tirapu, Carlos Barata, Maria Rieradevall, Narcís Prat
    Pages 297-325
  11. Sandra Pérez, María-Eugenia Rubiano, Antoni Ginebreda, Cristina Postigo, Rebeca López-Serna, Juan Blanco et al.
    Pages 327-346
  12. Marta Terrado, Jordi Honey-Rosés, Vicenç Acuña, Sergi Sabater
    Pages 347-368
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 369-373

About this book


The Llobregat belongs to the most thoroughly studied rivers in Europe and is a paradigm of the confluence of human and natural disturbances in a single basin. Because of its location in a very densely populated region and its Mediterranean character, the Llobregat supports a mixture of irregular flow, water abstraction, excess nutrients, mining debris, and a wide array of pollutants. The aquatic organisms strive to survive in a dramatically changing river that passes through a succession of dams, weirs and channels. The long-term river monitoring as well as the research that has been carried out in the river for a long time have provided an extensive knowledge of these disturbances and their effects on the biological communities. This book highlights the available information, with emphasis on the hydrological, chemical and biological elements interspersed in the river. Experts in the field discuss the main nutrient patterns and pollutant occurrence and the responses of the biological quality elements as well as the river ecosystem to the overall natural and man-made influences.


Mediterranean emergent contaminants global change human pressure pollution water scarcity

Editors and affiliations

  • Sergi Sabater
    • 1
  • Antoni Ginebreda
    • 2
  • Damià Barceló
    • 3
  1. 1.of the University of Girona, Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICScientific and Technological ParkGironaSpain
  2. 2., Department of Environmental ChemistryIDAEA-CSICBarcelonaSpain
  3. 3., Department of Environmental ChemistryIDAEA-CSICBarcelonaSpain

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