Water Air and Soil Pollution (WATER AIR SOIL POLL)

Publisher: Springer Verlag

Journal description

Water Air & Soil Pollution is an international interdisciplinary journal on all aspects of pollution and solutions to pollution in the biosphere. This includes chemical physical and biological processes affecting flora fauna water air and soil in relation to environmental pollution. Because of its scope the subject areas are diverse and include all aspects of pollution sources transport deposition accumulation acid precipitation atmospheric pollution metals aquatic pollution including marine pollution and ground water waste water pesticides soil pollution sewage sediment pollution forestry pollution effects of pollutants on humans vegetation fish aquatic species micro-organisms animals ecological implications of pollution and pollution models. Water Air & Soil Pollution also publishes manuscripts on methods used in the study of environmental pollutants environmental toxicology environmental biology environmental engineering related to pollution biodiversity as influenced by pollution environmental biotechnology as applied to pollution (e.g. bioremediation) environmental modelling and biorestoration of polluted environments. Water Air & Soil Pollution publishes research letters (short communications of significant research generally not exceeding six journal pages) regular papers reviews and book reviews. Special and topical issues are published in the companion journal Water Air & Soil Pollution: Focus .

Current impact factor: 1.69

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2013 / 2014 Impact Factor 1.685
2012 Impact Factor 1.748
2011 Impact Factor 1.625
2010 Impact Factor 1.765
2009 Impact Factor 1.676
2008 Impact Factor 1.398
2007 Impact Factor 1.224
2006 Impact Factor 1.205
2005 Impact Factor 1.258
2004 Impact Factor 1.058
2003 Impact Factor 0.883
2002 Impact Factor 0.526
2001 Impact Factor 0.772
2000 Impact Factor 0.632
1999 Impact Factor 0.971
1998 Impact Factor 0.904
1997 Impact Factor 0.964
1996 Impact Factor 0.629
1995 Impact Factor 1.146
1994 Impact Factor 0.841
1993 Impact Factor 1.067
1992 Impact Factor 0.611

Impact factor over time

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5-year impact 2.00
Cited half-life 9.70
Immediacy index 0.22
Eigenfactor 0.01
Article influence 0.53
Website Water, Air, and Soil Pollution website
Other titles Water, air, and soil pollution, Water, air, & soil pollution
ISSN 0049-6979
OCLC 991730
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

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    ABSTRACT: The textile industry creates environmental problems due to the release of highly polluting effluents containing substances from different stages of dyeing that are resistant to light, water, and various chemicals, and most of them are difficult to decolorize because of its synthetic origin. The biological degradation of dyes is an economical and environmentally friendly alternative. The aim of this work was to use biofilms of basidiomycete fungi isolated from the Peruvian rainforest for the decolorization of synthetic reactive dyes, considering the advantages of these systems which include better contact with the surrounding medium, resistance to chemical and physical stress, and higher metabolic activity. Among several isolates, two were selected for their capacity of rapid decolorization of several dyes and their biofilm-forming ability. These strains were molecularly identified as Trametes polyzona LMB-TM5 and Ceriporia sp. LMB-TM1 and used in biofilm cultivation for the decolorization of six reactive dyes and textile effluents. Azo dyes were moderately decolorized by both strains, but Remazol Brilliant Blue R (anthraquinone) and Synozol Turquoise Blue HF-G (phthalocyanine) were highly decolorized (97 and 80 %, respectively) by T. polyzona LMB-TM5. Degradation products were found by HPLC analysis. Simulated effluents made of a mixture of six dyes were moderately decolorized by both strains, but a real textile effluent was highly (93 %) decolorized by T. polyzona LMB-TM5. In summary, T. polyzona LMB-TM5 was more efficient than Ceriporia sp. LMB-TM1 for the decolorization of textile dyes and effluents at high initial rates enabling the development of in-plant continuous biofilm processes.
    Water Air and Soil Pollution 07/2015; 226(7):236. DOI:10.1007/s11270-015-2505-4
  • Ünal Geçgel, Barış Kocabıyık, Osman Üner
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    ABSTRACT: In this study, the fruit of Catalpa bignonioides was used as the raw material to obtain low-cost activated carbon. The activation process was carried out by using chemical activation method with zinc chloride. Catalpa activated carbon (CAC) was characterized using elemental analyzer, Brunauer-Emmet-Teller (BET), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectra (FTIR), and the point of zero charge (pHZPC). The BET surface area of CAC prepared by the impregnation ratio of 30 % ZnCl2 (w/w) was found to be 896.02 m2/g. The efficiency in the process of the removal of methylene blue (MB) from aqueous solution by CAC was searched with different factors, such as temperature, pH, adsorbent concentration, dye concentration, and contact time. From the experimental data obtained, the studies related to adsorption isotherm, kinetics, and thermodynamics were performed. Langmuir model provided the best fit, and the adsorption capacity for the removal of methylene blue from aqueous solution by CAC was calculated to be 271.00 mg/g at 25 °C. The adsorption follows a pseudo-second-order kinetic model. Moreover, the thermodynamic parameters such as ΔG°, ΔH°, and ΔS° presented that the adsorption was spontaneous and endothermic.
    Water Air and Soil Pollution 07/2015; 226(8):1-14. DOI:10.1007/s11270-015-2513-4
  • S. Jaerger, A. dos Santos, A. N. Fernandes, C. A. P. Almeida
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    ABSTRACT: Removal of p-nitrophenol (PNP) from aqueous solutions using fibrous peat has been investigated in this study by batch adsorption experiments. Factors that can affect the adsorption process, such as pH, temperature, initial PNP concentration and contact time, have been investigated. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) measurements have also been obtained in order to study the adsorption mechanism of PNP by peat. The Langmuir and Freundlich equations have been applied to investigate the equilibrium. The data fitted the Langmuir isotherm well, with the maximum adsorption capacity decreasing with temperature from 23.4 to 16.1 mg g−1. In general, the adsorption equilibrium was attained within 100 min. For the kinetics study, the best fit was obtained by the pseudo-second-order model instead of the pseudo-first-order model, both of which applied to the experimental data, whereas the results of intraparticle diffusion show a two-step adsorption process. The activation energy value of 70.31 kJ mol−1, calculated from the Arrhenius equation, indicated a predominantly chemical adsorption, whereas the thermodynamic parameters, obtained by the van’t Hoff equation, were exothermic and spontaneous in nature.
    Water Air and Soil Pollution 07/2015; 226(8):1-12. DOI:10.1007/s11270-015-2500-9
  • A. Teutli-Sequeira, M. Solache-Ríos, V. Martínez-Miranda, I. Linares-Hernández
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    ABSTRACT: The removal of fluoride from water by an aluminum-modified hematite and a zeolitic tuff using column adsorption techniques, as well as the effects of temperature, were investigated. Column experiments were carried out using aqueous solutions and drinking water with different bed depths. The dynamics of the adsorption process were fitted to Adams–Bohart, Thomas and bed depth service time (BDST) models. The Thomas model was found suitable for the description of breakthrough curve at all experimental conditions, while Adams–Bohart model was only useful for an initial part of dynamic behavior of the removal of fluoride from water by aluminum-modified hematite and zeolitic tuff columns. The highest uptake capacities (3.24 and 2.37 mg/g for the modified zeolitic tuff and hematite respectively) were obtained with a 4-cm bed depth column, an inlet 10 mg/L fluoride solution, and a flow rate of 1 mL/min, but the adsorption capacities decreased when drinking water were used. Experimental data were good fitted to both models, and the parameters of the processes calculated indicated that these materials are suitable for removal of fluoride from water in column systems. Thermodynamic parameters (ΔS, ΔG, and ΔH) were calculated for the aluminum-modified hematite and zeolitic tuff from the sorption data at temperatures between 287 and 333 K, indicating spontaneous and thermodynamically favorable adsorption and suggest that the sorption of fluoride ions by both adsorbents is an endothermic process and the mechanism is physical sorption.
    Water Air and Soil Pollution 07/2015; 226(8):1-15. DOI:10.1007/s11270-015-2498-z
  • Evan A. N. Marks, Roberto Molowny-Horas, Xavier Domene
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    ABSTRACT: Previous studies with bioindicator organisms have used somatic length distributions, i.e., population structure, to understand the effects of management, environment, or a potential contaminant on populations. We describe a statistical approach to separate somatic length classes of Folsomia candida juveniles as an endpoint for the assessment of changes in population structure. Reproduction-survival bioassays were carried out with five different biochars applied at increasing concentrations. Multi-Gaussian models parameterized juvenile size class cohorts, and the biomass of each size class cohort was estimated. Population structure was modified by both material type as well as concentration. Both biomass and population structure were sensitive to effects not reflected in juvenile number, the classic endpoint. Treatments with more size classes and larger individuals were taken to represent favorable conditions, and less size classes and smaller individuals indicated less favorable conditions. This extension of the standardized test provided additional information about the demography of the population.
    Water Air and Soil Pollution 07/2015; 226(8):1-11. DOI:10.1007/s11270-015-2503-6
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    ABSTRACT: A novel and eco-friendly xanthan gum-g-poly(acrylic acid)/laterite (XG-g-PAA/laterite) organic-inorganic composite polymer used as chemical sand-fixing agent (CSFA) was successfully prepared by grafted copolymerization of natural XG, partially neutralized acrylic acid (NaA), and laterite in solution. FTIR spectra confirmed that NaA had been grafted onto XG chains, and the –OH groups of laterite participated in polymerization reaction. The influence of the content of CSFA on sand-fixing effect was investigated, and the results of the aging test indicated that the CSFA had remarkable water resistance, heat resistance, anti-freeze-thaw, and anti-ultraviolet aging performances, which could meet the requirement of application in the harsh desert environment. Moreover, it also showed excellent water-retaining and anti-evaporation properties.
    Water Air and Soil Pollution 06/2015; 226(7). DOI:10.1007/s11270-015-2490-7
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    ABSTRACT: Urban soil amendment with organic matter can increase the steady state concentration of trace metals in urban soil. Different types of organic matter have different abilities to sorb and retain trace metals. The potential of urban soil amended with compost derived from mixed green and table waste and with maple-wood-derived biochar to retain trace metals (Cu, Zn, Cd, Pb) in the presence of de-icing salt (Na) was studied in a leaching test. Soil amended with compost retained significantly higher concentrations of Zn and Pb, as compared to soil amended with biochar, possibly due to the high cation exchange capacity of compost and its positive effect on soil pH. Indicating high ability for retaining trace metals, compost can bind contaminants originating from urban runoff water percolating through urban soil and provide a healthier medium for street tree growth.
    Water Air and Soil Pollution 06/2015; 226(6). DOI:10.1007/s11270-015-2450-2
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    ABSTRACT: This paper presents the efficacy of zero-valent iron nanoparticles (ZVINs), magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (MINs), zero-valent iron nanoparticles/sugarcane bagasse (ZVIN-SB) composite and magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles/sugarcane bagasse (MIN-SB) composite in immobilizing chromium present in tannery sludge. The optimized values for the immobilization of chromium by the adsorbents were found to be 48 h, 100 g/kg and 7, respectively, for time, adsorbent dosage and pH. The maximum uptake capacity was found to be 429.75, 539.25, 587.25 and 625.8 mg/kg, respectively, for ZVIN, MIN, ZVIN-SB and MIN-SB. The desorption study of the unamended sludge and sludge amended by ZVIN, MIN, ZVIN-SB and MIN-SB was carried out with three different desorbing media (0.1 N HCL, DIW and 0.1 N NaOH). It was found that the cumulative concentration of leachate chromium was more in basic condition than in neutral and acidic conditions. In column studies, the concentration of leachate chromium attained 0 mg/L at 24, 15, 18 and 14 pore volumes, respectively, for the sludge amended by ZVIN, MIN, ZVIN-SB and MIN-SB. The experimental adsorption data fitted well with pseudo-first-order kinetics. The zero-order kinetics accurately predicted the experimental desorption capacity (q e) of the sludge amended by ZVIN, MIN, ZVIN-SB and MIN-SB. The Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) analysis showed that the amine, carboxyl, iron compounds, etc. present in the adsorbents were the chief causes for the immobilization of chromium. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis of the sludge showed the presence of trivalent chromium compounds at a higher concentration.
    Water Air and Soil Pollution 06/2015; 226(7). DOI:10.1007/s11270-015-2466-7
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    ABSTRACT: The internal concentration represented by the critical body residue (CBR) is an ideal indicator to reflect the intrinsic toxicity of a chemical. Whilst some studies have been performed on CBR, the effect of exposure route on internal toxicity has not been investigated for fish. In this paper, acute toxicity data to fish comprising LC50 and LD50 values were used to investigate CBR. The results showed that exposure route can significantly affect the internal concentration. LD50 and CBR calculated from LC50 and BCF both vary independently of hydrophobicity as expressed by log Kow; conversely, LC50 is related to log Kow. A poor relationship was observed between LC50 and LD50, but the relationship can be improved significantly by introduction of log Kow because log CBR is positively related to log LD50. The parallel relationship of log CBR-log Kow and log LD50-log Kow indicates that LD50 does not reflect the actual internal concentration. The average LD50 is close to the average CBR for less inert and reactive compounds, but greater than the average CBR for baseline compounds. This difference is due to the lipid fraction being the major storage site for most of the baseline compounds. Investigation on the calculated and observed CBRs shows that calculated CBRs are close to observed CBRs for most of compounds. However, systemic deviations of calculated CBRs have been observed for some compounds. The reasons for these systemic deviations may be attributed to BCF, equilibrium time and experimental error of LC50. These factors are important and should be considered in the calculation of CBRs.
    Water Air and Soil Pollution 06/2015; 226(6). DOI:10.1007/s11270-015-2427-1
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    ABSTRACT: Relative displacement of bromide (Br−) and coliphage P22 was analyzed in surface water and vadose zone solution from a 3-ha surface flow constructed wetland. In the vadose zone, water samples at 0.3-, 0.76-, 1.5-, and 3-m depth were collected to quantify Br− and P22 simultaneously added into the wetland influent for a transport study. When P22 was detected, Br− arrived earlier to the monitoring depths than the phage suggesting that preferential flow facilitated P22 displacement in the vadose zone. Concentrations for both tracers indicated that bacteriophage removal through the vadose zone profile was exceeding 99.21 % of the peak concentration observed in surface water samples. For transport parameter estimation, the temporal moment method (MOM) was used to calculate convective velocity (v) and longitudinal dispersion coefficient (D) from the outlet Br− breakthrough curve. The transport parameters were estimated to be 55.7 m day−1 and 1652 m2 day−1 for v and D, respectively. For P22 simulation, a first-order removal coefficient of 0.3 day−1 (R 2 = 0.943) was assessed. The observed results suggest that this method can be applied for solute transport simulation in constructed wetlands.
    Water Air and Soil Pollution 06/2015; 226(6). DOI:10.1007/s11270-015-2453-z
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    ABSTRACT: Algaecides are commonly used to control noxious algal growths in water resources. In order to make accurate predictions about responses of target and non-target species to algaecide exposures, reliable methods are needed to confirm exposures in the laboratory and the field. The focus of this research was to evaluate the I3 − method for measuring hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) exposures associated with applications of a sodium carbonate peroxyhydrate (SCP)-based algaecide. To meet this overall objective, method detection limits, interferences from field waters (turbidity, color, and algal cell density), and storage stability of samples were measured. The method detection limits were 0.2 (p
    Water Air and Soil Pollution 06/2015; 226(6). DOI:10.1007/s11270-015-2439-x
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    ABSTRACT: Natural contamination has become a challenging problem in drinking water production due to metal contamination of groundwater throughout the world, and arsenic and chromium are well-known toxic elements. In this study, iron oxide-coated sand (IOCS) and granular ferric hydroxide (GFH) were used to study the effects of fulvic acid (FA) on the adsorptive removal of Cr(VI) and As(V) from synthetic groundwater. IOCS and GFH were characterized by SEM/EDS, and experiments were performed at different pH levels (6, 7, and 8). The surface of IOCS and GFH showed a high content of Fe and O (75 and 60 % of the atomic composition, respectively), suggesting that they can highly effectively adsorb Cr(VI) and As(V). Adsorption tests with the simultaneous presence of As(V) and FA, on the one hand, and Cr(VI) with FA, on the other hand, revealed that the role of FA on chromate and arsenate adsorption was insignificant at almost all pH values investigated with both adsorbents. A small influence as a result of FA was only observed for the removal of As(V) by IOCS at pH 6 with a decrease of 13 and 23 % when 2 and 5 mg/l were added to the synthetic water, respectively. It was also found that organic matter (OM) was leached from the IOCS during batch adsorption experiments. The use of FEEM revealed that humic-like, fulvic-like, and protein-like organic matter fractions are present on the IOCS surface.
    Water Air and Soil Pollution 06/2015; 226(6). DOI:10.1007/s11270-014-2193-5
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    ABSTRACT: An erythromycin-degrading bacterium was isolated from the activated sludge of a sewage treatment plant (STP). Based on the morphological and physiological characteristics, the isolated strain was identified and named as Pseudomonas sp. ERY-E. In an inorganic salt medium inoculated at 1 % (v/v) of ERY-E strain containing 50 mg/L of erythromycin (ERY), the removal efficiency of ERY as high as 83.7 % was obtained under the optimum conditions with temperature of 30 °C, pH of 7.0, and 10 mg/L of yeast as the external carbon source. Subsequently, the ERY-E strain was used for bioaugmenting a biological aerated filter (BAF) to treat surface water containing low-concentration ERY. The influence of hydraulic retention time (HRT) and air-liquid ratio (A/L) on the performance of BAF was investigated. The average removal efficiencies of ERY and permanganate index (CODMn) were about 60.6 and 26.1 % in bioaugmented system (BAF2) and 26.9 and 26.0 % in unbioaugmented system (BAF1), respectively, under the optimum conditions with HRT of 4.0 h and A/L of 4:1 at steady state. Due to the stable removal of CODMn in BAF2 as compared with BAF1, it can be concluded that the introduction of ERY-E strain could collaborate with the indigenous microorganisms to attain a better ERY removal efficiency. As a result, the bioaugmented BAF method can be considered as an alternative technology for the treatment of surface water containing low-concentration emerging pollutants.
    Water Air and Soil Pollution 06/2015; 226(6). DOI:10.1007/s11270-015-2449-8
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    ABSTRACT: Soil thawing can affect the turnover of soil carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) and their release into the atmosphere. However, little has been known about the release of C and N during the thawing of alpine soils in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. This study investigated the effects of soil thawing on the release of CO2, CH4, and N2O from alpine peatland soils and alpine meadow soils through an indoor experiment and determined the changes in the dissolved organic C (DOC), dissolved organic N (DON), NO3−-N, NH4+-N, and NO2−-N concentrations in the soils after soil thawing. The freeze-thaw treatments were performed by incubating the soil columns at mild (−5 °C) and severe (−15 °C) for 14 days, and then at 5 °C for 18 days. The control columns were incubated at 5 °C. During thawing, the cumulative CO2 emissions from the severely frozen alpine peatland soils and alpine meadow soils were 36 and 85 % higher than those from the control soils, and the cumulative N2O emissions were 3.9 and 5.8 times higher than those from the control soils. However, the thawing after mild freezing produced no significant effects. The two freezing temperatures significantly increased the release of CH4 from the alpine peatland soils, but the thawing of the severely frozen soils reduced the CH4 uptake of the alpine meadow soils by 27 %. After the severely frozen alpine peatland soils thawed, the concentrations of DOC, DON, NO3−-N, NH4+-N, and NO2−-N increased significantly, but NO2−-N showed no significant changes for the alpine meadow soils. After thawing with mild freezing, DOC in the alpine peatland soils and NH4+-N, NO2−-N, and DOC in the alpine meadow soils showed no significant changes. This study indicates that the potential for release of C and N from alpine soils during thawing periods strongly depends on the freezing temperature and soil types.
    Water Air and Soil Pollution 06/2015; 226(7). DOI:10.1007/s11270-015-2479-2
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    ABSTRACT: Catalytic ozonation process (COP) is a promising advanced oxidation process for petrochemical wastewater (PCW) treatment. However, the lack of economical and effective catalysts limits its application. Manganese sand ore (MSO) was utilized as a heterogeneous catalyst for ozonation of organic contaminants in PCW in this study. The calcined MSO-assisted COP (cMSO-COP) of aniline exhibited greater degradation than natural MSO-assisted COP or single ozonation process (SOP). The cMSO significantly promoted hydroxyl radical-mediated oxidation, decreased the ozonation activation energy by about 20 %, and doubled the reaction rates in comparison with SOP. The cMSO-COP increased the chemical oxygen demand (COD) removal of PCW twofold relative to SOP. The number of polar organic contaminants decreased by 50 % after cMSO-COP treatment. This study demonstrated the potential use of cMSO for efficient ozonation of petrochemical-derived contaminants at low cost.
    Water Air and Soil Pollution 06/2015; 226(6). DOI:10.1007/s11270-015-2446-y