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P2. Biogeochemical processes in the Anthropocene: nutrients and pollutants cycling across the environmental matrices


Congressi SGI-SIMP

  • Stefania Venturi - Università degli Studi di Firenze
  • Nicolas Greggio - Università degli Studi di Bologna
  • Marco Taussi - Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo
The Anthropocene has enhanced a profound alteration of the global cycle of many elements, including major nutrients, potentially toxic elements (PTEs), greenhouse gases (GHG) and novel substances (e.g., emerging pollutants), with relevant implications in terms of their mobility and migration across the environmental matrices. These perturbations are either directly (pollution) or indirectly (climate change) related to anthropic activities, and their extent and effects on the biogeochemical processes, both in remote and highly vulnerable environments and urbanized areas, must be clarified to correctly predict, manage or mitigate adverse impacts on both human health and ecosystem functioning. In this framework, this session aims to bring together studies concerning: i) elements distribution and fate in the hydrosphere, pedosphere, and atmosphere
 ii) physical and biogeochemical processes regulating nutrients and pollutants content and mobility in different matrices in both remote and strongly anthropized environments
 iii) interdependency of geochemical features of liquid and solid phases and microbial communities composition
 iv) innovative sampling, analytical and data elaboration techniques to identify the ongoing biogeochemical processes and quantify the contribution of the sources of the elements
 v) environmental quality management and contamination risk assessment
 vi) investigation of the ecosystems vulnerability and resilience to stressing conditions and potential remediation/mitigation strategies.
biogeochemical cycles, geochemical processes, Anthropocene, pollutants, nutrients, PTEs, resilience, vulnerability, remote environments, urban areas
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