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Netherlands National Monitoring of Organic Micropollutants in the Central North Sea Region (1972-)

Data holding centreRijkswaterstaat Central Information Services
CountryNetherlands  Netherlands
ProjectNational Chemical Monitoring Programme(MON*CHEMIE)
Time period1972-present
Geographical area

Central North Sea: The area of the Dutch continental shelf North of 54° 14min N.


Concentration of polychlorobiphenyls (PCBs) in biota; Concentration of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in suspended particulate material; Concentration of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the water column; Concentration of polychlorobiphenyls (PCBs) in suspended particulate material; Concentration of polychlorobiphenyls (PCBs) in the water column; Concentration of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in sediment samples; Concentration of polychlorobiphenyls (PCBs) in sediment samples; Concentration of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in biota


Particulates samplers; unconsolidated sediment corers; centrifuges; sieves and filters; gas chromatographs; high performance liquid chromatographs; gas chromatograph mass spectrometers


MON*CHEMIE is a part of the Monitoring programme of the National Water Systems (in Dutch : Monitoring Waterstaatkundige Toestand des Lands; MWTL) The primary goal of the MWTL programme is to provide physical, chemical and biological information in relation to long term developments. So the focal point for the monitoring programme is based on trend detection. Another aim is to check the compliance to national and international assessment criteria. The Dutch marine and brackish waters are dived into areas. In field GEOGRAPHIC COVERAGE the area is mentioned. In MON*CHEMIE chemical parameters are determined in surface water, suspended matter, sediment and biota. The starting date mentioned is not necessarily the same for every parameter or location, this can differ from one parameter or location to another. Depending on the parameter and the location most samples are collected on a weekly, monthly or 3 monthly base. The given date is the first year data is available of one or more locations. During the given period more or less locations can be sampled due to changes in the national monitoring programme. Sampling and analysing the samples are carried out by Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's). Due to human activities organic parameters are traced in ecosystems. Measuring an organic parameter in a certain ecosystem depends on the solubility of that particular parameter. If the solubility of an organic parameter is good (big) measurements are carried out in water. Otherwise measurements are done in suspended matter or in sediment. Sediment or suspended matter absorbs organic parameters that dissolve badly in water for a long time. Organic parameters that dissolve and /or accumulate in fat are measured in biota. Water: The following parameters can be measured: pesticides and bromated flame retardants. The programme for pesticides started in 1972. The programme for bromated flame retardants started in 2007. The organiotins-programme was carried out in marine harbours and started in 1990 and ended in 2004. The samples are taken by diving pump. Suspended matter: No programme is running. Sediment: The following parameters can be measured: PAHs, PCBs, HCB and organotins, The samples are sift and analyses are carried out in grainsize <63 um. The programme started in 1998. The samples are taken by boxcorer. Biota: Analyses in flounder started in 1991 (3 pooled samples of 3 pools). The following analyses are carried out: Dab liver: PCBs, HCB, Dab muscle; Cd Cu, Hg, Pb and Zn. For the actual planning:

OriginatorsRijkswaterstaat Water, Traffic and Environment
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OrganisationRijkswaterstaat Central Information Services
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Collating centreNational Oceanographic Data Committee
Local identifier20001053
Global identifier2919
Last revised2009-09-21