Occurrence and distribution of triclosan in the German Bight (North Sea)

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The potential of triclosan (TCS) acting as an endocrine disruptor has led to growing concern about the presence of TCS in the environment. In this study, seawater samples were collected from the German Bight during sampling campaigns conducted with the German research ships Gauss and Ludwig Prandtl. TCS was determined both in the dissolved phase and in the suspended particulate matters with concentrations ranging 0.8-6870 pg L -1 and <1-95 pg L -1, respectively. High concentrations of TCS were present in the estuaries of the Elbe and the Weser, indicating significant input of TCS by the river discharge. The correlation coefficient (R 2) between the dissolved concentration and salinity was 0.79 for the data obtained from the Gauss cruise, showing an obvious declining trend from the coast to the open sea.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEnvironmental Pollution
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)1190-1195
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 01.12.2008

    Research areas

  • Chemistry - Triclosan, Occurrence, Seawater, North Sea