Emerging Persistent Organic Pollutants in the Marine Environment

  • Norbert TheobaldEmail author


At present, more than 18 million organic compounds are known. Consequently, even if only a small portion of these substances exhibit properties leading to environmental problems, the number of organic contaminants is high and, in principle seams unlimited, as the development of new substances continues. Approximately 2,000 substances are presently estimated to be environmentally relevant, of which 100–300 compounds are summarised in lists of substances to be treated with priority by various international organisations, such as the EU (EU-Water Framework Directive: EU-WFD), OSPAR Commission (for the protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic, (OSPAR 2005, 2009) and HELCOM Commission (Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Marine ChemistryFederal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH)HamburgGermany

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