| Project objectives:
The aim of the PERSPEC project is to compile current knowledge
on how atmospheric and hydrological processes influence the mobilisation
of contaminants to, within, and from soils.
The focus is on priory substances according to the European Water
Framework Directive (WFD) such as metals (e.g. mercury, lead and
aluminium), and persistent organic pollutants (POPs; e.g. polycyclic
aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), brominated diphenylethers, chlorophenols,
chlorobenzenes, PCBs and dioxins).
Metals and organic contaminants have often been studied separately
in the past, mainly due to their different chemical properties.
However, in the environment they coexist and are subject to the
same environmental processes.
By including both metals and organic contaminants in the same research
framework, differences as well as similarities in their environmental
fate and response to climate factors will become apparent,
and different scenarios may be explored.