Surfactants in the sea-surface microlayer and sub-surface water at estuarine locations: Their concentration, distribution, enrichment, and relation to physicochemical characteristics

Yun Jie Huang, Peter Brimblecombe, Chon Lin Lee, Mohd Talib Latif

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Abstract

Samples of sea-surface microlayer (SML) and sub-surface water (SSW) were collected from two areas-Kaohsiung City (Taiwan) and the southwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia to study the influence of SML on enrichment and distribution and to compare SML with the SSW. Anionic surfactants (MBAS) predominated in this study and were significantly higher in Kaohsiung than in Malaysia. Industrial areas in Kaohsiung were enriched with high loads of anthropogenic sources, accounted for higher surfactant amounts, and pose higher environmental disadvantages than in Malaysia, where pollutants were associated with agricultural activities. The dissolved organic carbon (DOC), MBAS, and cationic surfactant (DBAS) concentrations in the SML correlated to the SSW, reflecting exchanges between the SML and SSW in Kaohsiung. The relationships between surfactants and the physiochemical parameters indicated that DOC and saltwater dilution might affect the distributions of MBAS and DBAS in Kaohsiung. In Malaysia, DOC might be the important factor controlling DBAS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-84
Number of pages7
JournalMarine Pollution Bulletin
Volume97
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Apr 2015

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microlayer
Surface waters
surfactants
surfactant
sea surface
surface water
Surface active agents
Malaysia
Organic carbon
dissolved organic carbon
Anionic surfactants
Cationic surfactants
water exchange
anthropogenic source
saline water
Dilution
Coastal zones
Taiwan
dilution
pollutants

Keywords

  • Costal environment
  • DBAS
  • DOC
  • Kaohsiung harbor
  • MBAS
  • Salinity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aquatic Science
  • Oceanography
  • Pollution

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Surfactants in the sea-surface microlayer and sub-surface water at estuarine locations : Their concentration, distribution, enrichment, and relation to physicochemical characteristics. / Huang, Yun Jie; Brimblecombe, Peter; Lee, Chon Lin; Latif, Mohd Talib.

In: Marine Pollution Bulletin, Vol. 97, No. 1-2, 07.04.2015, p. 78-84.

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