Advances in Earth Science ›› 2017, Vol. 32 ›› Issue (2): 128-138. doi: 10.11867/j.issn.1001-8166.2017.02.0128

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Review on Researches of Legacy POPs and Emerging POPs in the Arctic Regions

Qibin Lao 1, 2, 3( ), Liping Jiao 2, 3, *( ), Fajin Chen 1, Liqi Chen 2, 3   

  1. 1.Guangdong Ocean University, Guangdong Province Key Laboratory for Ocean Variation and Disaster Prediction, Zhanjiang Guangdong 524088, China
    2.Key Laboratory of Global Changes and Marine-Atmospheric Chemistry, Third Institute of Oceanography, SOA, Xiamen 361005, China
    3.Third Institute of Oceanography, SOA, Xiamen 361005,China
  • Received:2016-11-16 Revised:2017-01-20 Online:2017-02-20 Published:2017-02-20
  • Contact: Liping Jiao;
  • About author:

    First author:Lao Qibin(1992- ), male, Laibin City, Guangxi Province, Master student. Research areas include marine atmospheric chemistry and persistent organic pollutants in polar

  • Supported by:
    Project supported by the Scientific Research Foundation of the Third Institute of Oceanography “Research on the atmospheric fluxes of persistent organic pollutions in Dongshan, Pingtan and Xiamen”(No.grant 2013012);The Special International Science and Technology Cooperation “Global change and air-sea interaction”(No.GASI-IPOVAI-04)

Qibin Lao, Liping Jiao, Fajin Chen, Liqi Chen. Review on Researches of Legacy POPs and Emerging POPs in the Arctic Regions[J]. Advances in Earth Science, 2017, 32(2): 128-138.

The specific geographic location and natural conditions of the Arctic region play a significant role in the global climate change. As a result of perennial low temperature, simple ecological structure, and fragile ecosystem and weak stability in the Arctic, Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) accumulating from the region of middle and low latitudes may cause tremendous pressure in the arctic ecological environment. Therefore, the research of POPs in the Arctic region is not only conducive to more in-depth understanding of POPs distribution and transformation process in the global range, but to reasonably assess the harm of human activities on the arctic ecological environment. Thus, in the past 40 years, especially after nine new kinds of emerging organic contaminants being added to the list of Stockholm Convention in 2009, more and more scientific community and general public have pay attention to the research of POPs in the Arctic region. At present, the understanding of legacy POPs in the Arctic is limited, and the research of emerging POPs is in the initial stage. This paper aimed to summarize some conclusions and implications of the research, and focused on the occurrence level, historical evolution, bioaccumulation and source of POPs in atmosphere, waters, sediments and organisms in the Arctic region. Finally, the future changes and key scientific problems of POPs in the Arctic region were proposed.

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