Metal contamination in sediments along Western European Rivers (1945-2020)


This publication provides a database on metal contamination of sediments collected along seven rivers draining Western Europe (French Rhône, Garonne-Lot, Loire, Meuse, Rhine, Scheldt and Seine Rivers). This dataset is based on both long-term monitoring and scientific research (see column sources). It presents major (Al, Fe) and trace metals (Cd, Cr, Cu, Hg, Ni, Pb, Zn) coming from various solid matrices, such as suspended particulate matter (SPM), dated sediment cores (DSC), and bed and flood deposits (BFD). It also provides information about the extraction procedure, grain-size (expressed as a percentage of the fine particle [silts and clays < 63 µm] proportion in the samples) and total organic carbon (TOC) contents when available. It could be use to assess the level of metal contamination along the river since 1945 and to decipher the key factors influencing metal concentrations in river sediments over space and time.

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Creator Dendievel, André-Marie; Grosbois, Cécile; Ayrault, Sophie; Evrard, Olivier; Coynel, Alexandra; Debret, Maxime; Gardes, Thomas; Euzen, Cassandra; Schmitt, Laurent; Chabaux, François; Winiarski, Thierry; Van Der Perk, Marcel; Mourier, Brice
Publisher PANGAEA
Publication Year 2021
Rights Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International;
OpenAccess true
Language English
Resource Type Dataset
Format text/tab-separated-values
Size 187137 data points
Discipline Earth System Research
Spatial Coverage (-2.105W, 42.849S, 8.476E, 52.612N); Europe