Anthropogenic waste indicators (AWIs), particularly PAHs and LABs, in Malaysian sediments: Application of aquatic environment for identifying anthropogenic pollution

Najat Masood, Mohamad Pauzi Zakaria, Normala Halimoon, Ahmad Zaharin Aris, Sami M. Magam, Narayanan Kannan, Shuhaimi Mustafa, Masni Mohd. Ali, Mehrzad Keshavarzifard, Vahab Vaezzadeh, Sadeq Abdullah Abdo Alkhadher, Najat Ahmed Al-Odaini

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Abstract

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and linear alkylbenzenes (LABs) were used as anthropogenic markers of organic chemical pollution of sediments in the Selangor River, Peninsular Malaysia. This study was conducted on sediment samples from the beginning of the estuary to the upstream river during dry and rainy seasons. The concentrations of ΣPAHs and ΣLABs ranged from 203 to 964 and from 23 to 113 ng g-1 dry weight (dw), respectively. In particular, the Selangor River was found to have higher sedimentary levels of PAHs and LABs during the wet season than in the dry season, which was primarily associated with the intensity of domestic wastewater discharge and high amounts of urban runoff washing the pollutants from the surrounding area. The concentrations of the toxic contaminants were determined according to the Sediment Quality Guidelines (SQGs). The PAH levels in the Selangor River did not exceed the SQGs, for example, the effects range low (ERL) value, indicating that they cannot exert adverse biological effects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)160-175
Number of pages16
JournalMarine Pollution Bulletin
Volume102
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2016

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Keywords

  • Anthropogenic inputs
  • Linear alkylbenzenes (LABs)
  • Molecular marker
  • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)
  • Selangor river
  • Source identification

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  • Aquatic Science
  • Oceanography
  • Pollution

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Anthropogenic waste indicators (AWIs), particularly PAHs and LABs, in Malaysian sediments : Application of aquatic environment for identifying anthropogenic pollution. / Masood, Najat; Zakaria, Mohamad Pauzi; Halimoon, Normala; Aris, Ahmad Zaharin; Magam, Sami M.; Kannan, Narayanan; Mustafa, Shuhaimi; Mohd. Ali, Masni; Keshavarzifard, Mehrzad; Vaezzadeh, Vahab; Alkhadher, Sadeq Abdullah Abdo; Al-Odaini, Najat Ahmed.

In: Marine Pollution Bulletin, Vol. 102, No. 1, 15.01.2016, p. 160-175.

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Masood, N, Zakaria, MP, Halimoon, N, Aris, AZ, Magam, SM, Kannan, N, Mustafa, S, Mohd. Ali, M, Keshavarzifard, M, Vaezzadeh, V, Alkhadher, SAA & Al-Odaini, NA 2016, 'Anthropogenic waste indicators (AWIs), particularly PAHs and LABs, in Malaysian sediments: Application of aquatic environment for identifying anthropogenic pollution', Marine Pollution Bulletin, vol. 102, no. 1, pp. 160-175. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2015.11.032
Masood, Najat ; Zakaria, Mohamad Pauzi ; Halimoon, Normala ; Aris, Ahmad Zaharin ; Magam, Sami M. ; Kannan, Narayanan ; Mustafa, Shuhaimi ; Mohd. Ali, Masni ; Keshavarzifard, Mehrzad ; Vaezzadeh, Vahab ; Alkhadher, Sadeq Abdullah Abdo ; Al-Odaini, Najat Ahmed. / Anthropogenic waste indicators (AWIs), particularly PAHs and LABs, in Malaysian sediments : Application of aquatic environment for identifying anthropogenic pollution. In: Marine Pollution Bulletin. 2016 ; Vol. 102, No. 1. pp. 160-175.
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