Toxic Substances Hydrology Program
Research Projects - Emerging Contaminants
To effectively minimize environmental contamination it is necessary to understand potential contaminant origins and pathways to the environment.
A myriad of sources of emerging contaminants and pathways to enter the environment exist throughout the world (see figure). Sources and Source Pathway research activities address: 1) identification and quantification of the contaminants or groups of contaminants associated with major sources and 2) processes that govern how these contaminants enter the environment (pathways). Research on sources and source pathways includes:
Emerging Chemical Contaminants
Emerging Microbial Contaminants