Environmental Monitoring: Analytical Methods and Assessment

A special issue of Toxics (ISSN 2305-6304). This special issue belongs to the section "Exposome Analysis and Risk Assessment".

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Dear Colleagues,

The environmental monitoring of pollutants is an essential tool for understanding the impact of certain human activities on the health of the planet. The use and abuse of certain substances, both in the past and presently, pose a huge challenge for the future of the environment. Knowing the levels of pollutants is important in order to determine the consequences they may have on the health of animals and humans. Intensive food production systems have a high cost in environmental terms, mainly due to the increased use of chemicals (pesticides, antibiotics, growth promoters, and hormones) to maximize production profits.

We are pleased to invite you to participate in this Special Issue, entitled “Environmental Monitoring: Analytical Methods and Assessment”, with the aim to enrich the knowledge on this topic. Thus, accepted types of submissions include original research articles and reviews. Research areas may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Environmental monitoring of soil and water of pesticides, pharmaceutical products, hormones and growth promoters, among other substances;
  2. Environmental biomonitoring of animals and plants;
  3. Human biomonitoring of subjects exposed to these chemicals (especially farmers and personnel engaged in the primary sector, including industry);
  4. New analytical methods developed to assess this topic.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Luis Alberto Henríquez-Hernández
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • environmental monitoring
  • soil
  • water
  • pharmaceuticals
  • pesticides
  • hormones
  • environmental health
  • environmental pollution

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Quantitative Assessment and Spatial Analysis of Metals and Metalloids in Soil Using the Geo-Accumulation Index in the Capital Town of Romblon Province, Philippines
by Delia B. Senoro, Cris Edward F. Monjardin, Eddie G. Fetalvero, Zidrick Ed C. Benjamin, Alejandro Felipe B. Gorospe, Kevin Lawrence M. de Jesus, Mark Lawrence G. Ical and Jonathan P. Wong
Toxics 2022, 10(11), 633; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics10110633 - 22 Oct 2022
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The municipality of Romblon in the Philippines is an island known for its marble industry. The subsurface of the Philippines is known for its limestone. The production of marble into slab, tiles, and novelty items requires heavy equipment to cut rocks and boulders. [...] Read more.
The municipality of Romblon in the Philippines is an island known for its marble industry. The subsurface of the Philippines is known for its limestone. The production of marble into slab, tiles, and novelty items requires heavy equipment to cut rocks and boulders. The finishing of marble requires polishing to smoothen the surface. During the manufacturing process, massive amounts of particulates and slurry are produced, and with a lack of technology and human expertise, the environment can be adversely affected. Hence, this study assessed and monitored the environmental conditions in the municipality of Romblon, particularly the soils and sediments, which were affected due to uncontrolled discharges and particulates deposition. A total of fifty-six soil and twenty-three sediment samples were collected and used to estimate the metal and metalloid (MM) concentrations in the whole area using a neural network-particle swarm optimization inverse distance weighting model (NN-PSO). There were nine MMs; e.g., As, Cr, Ni, Pb, Cu, Ba, Mn, Zn and Fe, with significant concentrations detected in the area in both soils and sediments. The geo-accumulation index was computed to assess the level of contamination in the area, and only the soil exhibited contamination with zinc, while others were still on a safe level. Nemerow’s pollution index (NPI) was calculated for the samples collected, and soil was evaluated and seen to have a light pollution level, while sediment was considered as “clean”. Furthermore, the single ecological risk (Er) index for both soil and sediment samples was considered to be a low pollution risk because all values of Er were less than 40. Full article
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