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ECRC gains Chinese support for research on long-term pollution trends in the East China Sea

Neil Rose a co-investigator in study of trace pollutants from sediment cores

ECRC gains Chinese support for research on long-term pollution trends in the East China Sea

A project proposal Episodic depositional layers of trace pollutants in the East China Sea inner shelf mud belt is to be funded by the National Science Foundation of China (NSFC). The project is coordinated by Dr Zhigang Guo of Fudan University, Shanghai. Dr Neil Rose (ECRC) is a co-investigator.

The project will use sediment cores from a mud belt stretching from the Yangtze River Estuary to the north Taiwan Strait to look at the scale of contamination in the region and the historical trends of pollutants such as polyclyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), trace metals and fly-ash particles derived from the Yangtze River basin and from atmospheric deposition.

The plan is for Neil to visit in 2011 and to assess the fly-ash particle contamination in the sediment cores collected. The remainder of the analyses will be undertaken by colleagues in China. The project has been awarded 480,000 RMB (c. 70,000 USD) and runs for three years from Jan 1st  2011.


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