This work focuses on the characterization of background levels of heavy metals (As, Cd, Cr, Cu, Hg, Ni, Pb, Zn) in seabed marine sediments of the central Adriatic Sea, collected up to 10 km far fromthe Abruzzo region coastline (Italy). The used approach follows the guidelines established by the Decree of the Italian Ministry of Environment, n. 173/2016, concerning the determination of threshold values of metal concentration, and including only samples with low or absent toxicological content. A statistical analysis, using the adjusted Tuckey's boxplot to identify the percentiles and potential outliers,was performed. The background concentrationswere calculated as the values of the 90th percentile of distribution, according to the national regulation. This study represents the first attempt to calculate the background levels of marine sediments done at regional level in Abruzzo. A fewoutliers have been found, and interpreted as potential anthropic contamination.

Evaluation of heavy metals background in the Adriatic Sea sediments of Abruzzo region, Italy

Pompilio L.;Marinangeli L.;Tonucci L.;d'Alessandro N.;Tangari A. C.
2019-01-01

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This work focuses on the characterization of background levels of heavy metals (As, Cd, Cr, Cu, Hg, Ni, Pb, Zn) in seabed marine sediments of the central Adriatic Sea, collected up to 10 km far fromthe Abruzzo region coastline (Italy). The used approach follows the guidelines established by the Decree of the Italian Ministry of Environment, n. 173/2016, concerning the determination of threshold values of metal concentration, and including only samples with low or absent toxicological content. A statistical analysis, using the adjusted Tuckey's boxplot to identify the percentiles and potential outliers,was performed. The background concentrationswere calculated as the values of the 90th percentile of distribution, according to the national regulation. This study represents the first attempt to calculate the background levels of marine sediments done at regional level in Abruzzo. A fewoutliers have been found, and interpreted as potential anthropic contamination.
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