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Introducing an integrated climate change perspective in POPs modelling, monitoring and regulation

Lamon, L., Dalla Valle, M., Critto, A., Marcomini, A.
Environmental pollution 2009 v.157 no.7 pp. 1971-1980
climate change, pollutants, environmental monitoring, environmental fate, models, pollution control, temporal variation, laws and regulations, issues and policy
This paper presents a review on the implications of climate change on the monitoring, modelling and regulation of persistent organic pollutants (POPs). Current research gaps are also identified and discussed. Long-term data sets are essential to identify relationships between climate fluctuations and changes in chemical species distribution. Reconstructing the influence of climatic changes on POPs environmental behaviour is very challenging in some local studies, and some insights can be obtained by the few available dated sediment cores or by studying POPs response to inter-annual climate fluctuations. Knowledge gaps and future projections can be studied by developing and applying various modelling tools, identifying compounds susceptibility to climate change, local and global effects, orienting international policies. Long-term monitoring strategies and modelling exercises taking into account climate change should be considered when devising new regulatory plans in chemicals management. Climate change implications on POPs are addressed here with special attention to monitoring, modelling and regulation issues.