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Water and sediment quality of urban water bodies in cold climates
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Geosciences and Environmental Engineering.
2011 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)Alternative title
Vatten- och sedimentkvalitet i urbana vatten i kallt klimat (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to investigate and quantify pollution impact on urban waterbodies in cold climates and to find out which complex processes and influencing factors causetrapping or spread of pollutants. In order to do that water, sediment and porewater samplesfrom bays and stormwater ditches in Luleå, northern Sweden, and from an artificialstormwater pond in Sollentuna, south-central Sweden, were analysed for LOI, trace metalsand PAHs. For surface water the particular, colloidal and truly dissolved elementconcentrations were determined by membrane filtration (0.22 μm pore size, 142 mmdiameter, Millipore® mixed cellulose esters) and ultrafiltration in a Millipore® Prep/Scalesystem (manufacturer specified cut-off of 1 kDa and a filter membrane area of 0.54 m2).Sediment and porewater samples from bays in Luleå, receiving stormwater discharge,showed enrichment of Cd, Cu, Pb and Zn. Also the PAH content was enriched, in particularfor phenantrene, anthracene, fluoranthene and pyrene. Water volume and turnover rate in thewater bodies with low or no surface runoff during wintertime, and ice covering, contribute toanoxic conditions in the water column and sediments. The enclosure of the bay Skutviken in1962 illustrates for how reduced water circulation promotes the occurrence of anoxicconditions with sulphate reduction. As a consequence of these conditions, metals are trappedin the sediments as sulphides. The use of trace metal ratios could not indicate road runoff asmain source for sediment pollution. The degree of pollution was higher in the sediments ofthe bays in Luleå than in a 1998 implemented, stormwater pond in Sollentuna, which receiveshighway runoff.Water concentrations of Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, Mn, Na, Ni, Pb, S, and Zn showed seasonalvariations in Sollentuna. In winter de-icing agents and use of studded tires cause higher metalconcentrations of Co, Cr, Cu, Ni, Mn, Na, and Zn dominated by the truly dissolved phase. InLuleå depletion of oxygen under the thick ice cover can change the redox border from belowsediment surface to above.The sediment in stormwater draining ditches in Luleå showed seasonal variations in grainsize, LOI and metal concentrations. Low runoff intensity in winter enables fine grainsediments to settle already in the ditches. A group of variables that had significant positivecorrelation between each other were Fe2O3 and LOI, Cd, Co, Ni and Zn.Water and sediment quality of the investigated water bodies depends on catchment areacharacteristics and emission impact, from point sources in particular. At all sites, includingthe stormwater pond, retention of metals seems to be favoured by stagnant water andoccurrence of organic material. Pollutants can be trapped due to sorption to organic material,and early diagenetic processes with formation of Mn- and Fe-hydroxides and sulphidereduction. In the stormwater pond this affects only a fraction of the metals in truly dissolvedphase in the water column, while most of the dissolved concentrations will be released to therecipientIn Luleå postglacial land uplift implies continuous changes in the environment, which canlead to changing redox conditions which will necessitate new risk assessments. Futuredrainage of the buried sediments can result in oxidation and release of trapped pollutants.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Luleå: Luleå tekniska universitet, 2011. , 44 p.
Doctoral thesis / Luleå University of Technology 1 jan 1997 → …, ISSN 1402-1544
Research subject
Applied Geology
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-26048Local ID: c50c8a16-f434-4356-858a-11327197eaa3ISBN: 978-91-7439-272-2OAI: diva2:999207
Godkänd; 2011; 20110512 (ralren); DISPUTATION Ämnesområde: Tillämpad Geologi/Applied Geology Opponent: Professor Stefan Karlsson, Akademin för naturvetenskap och teknik, Örebro universitet Ordförande: Professor Björn Öhlander, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Luleå tekniska universitet Tid: Onsdag den 15 juni 2011, kl 10.15 Plats: F341, Luleå tekniska universitetAvailable from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30Bibliographically approved

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