Comparing chemical analysis with literature studies to identify micropollutants in a catchment of Copenhagen (DK)

Publication: Research - peer-reviewArticle in proceedings – Annual report year: 2011

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In the year 2000 the European Union implemented the European Water Framework Directive of which the overall aim is to maintain or obtain good ecological and chemical status of European near coastal waters, lakes, rivers, streams, groundwater as well as artificial water bodies as docks and canals (EU, 2000). It is also required to establish inventories of sources to pollution, to design and perform monitoring programs as well as to outline strategies to reduce emissions if the environmental quality standards are exceeded. The aim of this study was to compare chemical analysis performed on urban surface runoff originating from a well defined catchment of Copenhagen (Denmark) with an inventory of potential pollution sources for the same catchment. The selected catchment covers an area with roads, a shopping centre, a parking lot, office buildings, a gymnasium and some restaurants. The literature approach is limited to the range of included PSs and to how and which information is compiled, whereas the analytical chemical approach is limited to the selection of analyzed substances, sensitivity and precision. Comparing the two approaches of chemical analysis with literature study to identify contaminants reveals a discrepancy in the exact identity, though the overall findings are similar.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 12th International Conference on Urban Drainage
Publication date2011
StatePublished

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Conference12th International Conference on Urban Drainage
Number12
CountryBrazil
CityPorto Alegre
Period11/09/1116/09/11
Internet addresshttp://www.acquacon.com.br/icud2011/en/
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