Water Air and Soil Pollution Journal Impact Factor & Information

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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Additional details

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 feasibility of batch and continuous (60, 80, and 100 mL/min) mode photocatalysis systems in real-time livestock wastewater treatment was investigated. The photocatalytic experiments were conducted with two types of photocatalysts namely slurry titanium-dioxide (UV-TiO2) and granular activated carbon supported TiO2 (GAC-TiO2). The performance of the systems was compared using economic analysis based on cost and time required to attain maximum efficiency. The photocatalytic reactors operated with GAC-TiO2 was highly effective under both batch (total volatile solids (TVS) removal of 100 % within 6 min and a total operational cost of 0.68 USD per kg of TVS removal) and continuous (at 60 mL/min) (TVS removal of 63 % at a hydraulic retention time (HRT) of 240 min and a total operational cost of 62.16 USD per kg of TVS removal) mode experiments. The economic analyses indicated that cost reduction was a function of optimum time taken for maximum removal efficiency. Subsequently, the experiments were repeated with ultraviolet light (UV) alone, UV-GAC, and GAC alone to quantify effects of adsorption and photolysis. The results confirmed that the effect of GAC in the treatment/degradation of livestock wastewater by adsorption was negligible. However, the presence of GAC in UV systems propelled the rate of biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) and TVS removals. The entire observations reveal that the degradation was mainly by two reaction mechanisms: firstly, adsorption on the GAC surface and secondly by photocatalytic degradation on the GAC-TiO2 surface. Therefore, GAC-TiO2 photocatalysis could be cost-effectively applied for high-rate treatment of industrial wastewaters.
    Water Air and Soil Pollution 05/2015; 226(5). DOI:10.1007/s11270-015-2396-4
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    ABSTRACT: The effect of glyphosate on richness and structure of the Rhizobiaceae and total bacterial communities in an agricultural soil after different treatments was studied. The herbicide was applied on the soil in the presence or the absence of Medicago sativa plants with or without inoculation with the Sinorhizobium meliloti reference strain RCR2011. Terminal-restriction fragment length polymorphism (T-RFLP) profiling showed that this agricultural soil has a high total microbial and rhizobial genetic diversity. To investigate the impact of the herbicide on microbial activity, fluorescein diacetate (FDA) and a panel of three enzymes (phosphatase, catalase, and protease BAA) were assessed. Depending on the type of enzyme tested, the enzymatic activities responded differently to the action of glyphosate, the presence of M. sativa, and the inoculation with RCR2011. The present work gives original insights into the effect of the herbicide on the rhizospheric area of M. sativa with or without rhizobial inoculation by the fact that glyphosate changes microbial diversity and affects soil enzymatic activities.
    Water Air and Soil Pollution 05/2015; 226(5). DOI:10.1007/s11270-014-2263-8
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    ABSTRACT: Four kinds of surfactants were used to increase accessibility of pyrene and cadmium (Cd) in simulated pyrene, Cd, and pyrene-Cd soils in this study. Tea saponin (TS) at 40 mg L−1 groups (exchangeable fraction of Cd and bioaccessible fraction of pyrene were 8.96 and 36.93 mg kg−1) showed more preferable potential application in improving solubilization capability than other surfactants. The morphology of Cd was transformed from Fe-Mn oxides (8.86 to 7.61 and 8.67 to 7.99 mg kg−1 in Cd and pyrene-Cd soil) and associated to carbonates fractions (4.46 to 4.36 and 4.28 to 4.36 mg kg−1 in Cd and pyrene-Cd soil) to exchangeable fraction with adding TS. These two morphological changes were important processes in the solubilization of Cd. The morphology of pyrene was transformed from associated fraction (72.15 to 61.95 and 71.02 to 63.48 mg kg−1 in pyrene and pyrene-Cd soil) to bioaccessible fraction (26.66 to 33.71 and 26.91 to 36.93 mg kg−1 in pyrene and pyrene-Cd soil) with adding TS. This morphological transformation was important in the improving of solubilization capacity of pyrene. In contrast, the solubilization of pyrene was promoted in the presence of Cd in pyrene-Cd soil (the bioaccessible fractions were 33.71 and 36.93 mg kg−1 in pyrene and pyrene-Cd soil), but the solubilization of Cd was hindered in the presence of pyrene (the exchangeable fractions of Cd were 8.86 and 8.67 mg kg−1 in Cd and pyrene-Cd soil). These findings will be beneficial for application of surfactants in soil remediation.
    Water Air and Soil Pollution 05/2015; 226(5). DOI:10.1007/s11270-015-2409-3
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    ABSTRACT: Thifluzamide fungicide is widely used to protect rice (Oryza sativa) against the sheath blight fungus (Rhizoctonia solani). The continuous application of thifluzamide may lead to accumulation in soil and contaminate rice crop. To sustain the environment, it is necessary to assess its accumulation and degradation in field. The method limit of detection (LOD) was 0.022 ng. The limits of quantitation detection (LOQ) were 5.0 μg L−1 in water and 4.0 μg kg−1 in paddy soil and rice crop. In this study, a 2-year (2011-2012) field study was performed to monitor thifluzamide degradation in the rice production areas of Nanjing, Xiaoxian, and Changsha. The degradation dynamics of thifluzamide in paddy water, paddy soil, and rice crop were well described by the first-order kinetics equation. The 2-year average half-lives of thifluzamide in paddy water, paddy soil, and rice crop were 26.19, 17.92, 14.61 days (Nanjing), 15.63, 20.71, 9.10 days (Xiaoxian), and 9.47, 13.92, 10.08 days (Changsha), respectively. Thifluzamide degraded more rapidly in rice crop than in soil and paddy water. The variation in thifluzamide degradation was attributed to the difference in rainfall during the period of rice cultivation. The maximum residue of thifluzamide in brown rice was 0.0303 mg kg−1 in Nanjing and the residue of thifluzamide in brown rice was not detected in other two sites before thifluzamide was applied at pre-harvest. The experimental data demonstrated that thifluzamide recommended dosage of 72 g a.i.ha−1 can be used in rice fields with less than three times within a 30-day time interval.
    Water Air and Soil Pollution 05/2015; 226(5). DOI:10.1007/s11270-015-2387-5
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    ABSTRACT: Arsenate is a common groundwater contaminant that poses serious threat to human health. Although arsenate is mainly transported in dissolved form in groundwater under certain conditions, some studies found a large fraction of arsenate is associated with mineral and organic colloids in natural water, indicating co-transport of arsenate, and particulate matters may significantly alter arsenate migration. Silicate minerals are known to adsorb arsenate, and silicate-mineral colloids are the most abundant form of mineral colloids in many soil water and groundwater. However, the role of silicate-mineral colloids in mediating arsenate transport is not clear, especially when silicate-mineral colloids co-exist with natural organic matters. The objective of this study is to determine and compare the roles of silicate-mineral colloid and natural organic matters in arsenate transport and examine how natural organic matters influence mineral-colloid-facilitated arsenate transport. Arsenate-spiked solution with or without illite colloids and/or humic acid was injected into water-saturated sand columns, and effluent arsenate concentrations were measured. Our results showed that the roles of illite colloids and humic acid in arsenate transport were very different. While illite colloids did not influence arsenate transport due to their low affinity for arsenate under typical groundwater conditions, humic acid substantially increased arsenate transport via competition against arsenate for adsorptive sites on the transport medium and potential formation of non-adsorbing aqueous phase arsenate-humic acid complexes. Although illite colloids were highly mobile in the presence of humic acid, arsenate adsorption to illite colloids was low and transport of illite-associated arsenate was insignificant. Since the affinity of illite for arsenate is intermediate among different clay minerals, our results imply that clay-mineral colloids in general may not have a large potential to increase As transport, and that natural organic matters are the most important type of natural colloids that may influence arsenate transport in groundwater.
    Water Air and Soil Pollution 05/2015; 226(5). DOI:10.1007/s11270-015-2413-7
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    ABSTRACT: In this work, we developed a method based on ultrasound-assisted emulsification microextraction (USAEME) for the determination of nickel by flame atomic absorption spectrometry (FAAS). The method is based on the use of the organic solvent trichloroethylene and 2,2′-thiazolylazo-p-cresol (TAC) as a chelating reagent in a solution containing nickel ions. After ultrasonic emulsification, the mixture is centrifuged to separate the phases. Subsequently, the supernatant is discarded, and the enriched phase is diluted with nitric acid. The nickel content in this new mixture is quantified by FAAS. The following variables were optimized: type of solvent (trichloroethylene), type of chelating reagent (TAC), volume of extraction solvent (100 mL), concentration of chelating reagent (0.015 % w/v), pH (8.0), time of sonication (5.0 min), and time of centrifugation (4.0 min). The limits of detection and quantification were calculated under optimum conditions (0.23 and 0.77 μg L−1, respectively). The enrichment factor obtained was 190. The relative standard deviation (RSD%) of the method (10.0 μg L−1) was 2.3-4.1 %. The proposed method is simple, economical, fast, and efficient for the determination of nickel by FAAS. The procedure was applied to the determination of nickel in certified reference material (BCR-713, wastewater) and water samples.
    Water Air and Soil Pollution 05/2015; 226(5). DOI:10.1007/s11270-015-2392-8
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    ABSTRACT: The mutagenic and genotoxic activity of vinasses collected from a fuel alcohol plant, located in the municipality of Frontino, Northwestern Colombia, were evaluated. Two samples obtained from an 82-L capacity hybrid reactor (UASB-anaerobic filter (AF)-UASB) were studied under laboratory conditions after being treated with biological oxidation, the first, and the second with Fenton reaction consecutively. Mutagenicity was evaluated in vitro by the Ames test using strains TA98 and TA100 with and without S9 metabolic activation. The genotoxic analysis was conducted using the Allium cepa roots assay where chromosomal aberrations were used as clastogenic or aneugenic response markers, and micronuclei as mutagenic response. The Ames test results showed a strain-dependent positive linear association with the vinasse sample concentration before treatment (dose-response effect). Unlike TA100, strain TA98 showed a mutagenic effect in both the presence and absence of metabolic enzymes. After the biological oxidation treatment, vinasse mutagenicity significantly decreased. Finally, after Fenton treatment, the sample did not induce any mutagenic event. Genotoxic activity was observed in all three samples, but there was a higher frequency in the vinasse sample before treatment. Concerning the frequency of micronuclei, no clear association was observed with either the concentration or the type of sample.
    Water Air and Soil Pollution 05/2015; 226(5). DOI:10.1007/s11270-014-2250-0
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    ABSTRACT: The aims of this study were to investigate the presence of mercury (Hg) contamination in shrimp ponds in the south of Thailand and to isolate Hg-resistant purple nonsulfur bacteria (PNSB). Contamination by total mercury (HgT) in water and sediment samples ranged from
    Water Air and Soil Pollution 05/2015; 226(5). DOI:10.1007/s11270-015-2418-2
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    ABSTRACT: In this work, the removal of methylene blue by Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) 016 was investigated through batch experiments and microscopic investigations. It was found that methylene blue could not affect the growth of B. thuringiensis 016 at the concentration ranging from 5 to 25 mg/L, and be removed with the increase of biomass. Further studies indicated that Bt 016 biomass possessed strong ability of methylene blue biosorption with a quick process. Twenty-five milligrams of methylene blue per liter could be completely biosorbed within 2 h. The pH value could affect the removal of methylene blue in a large extent. UV-visible, Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy analyses, and microscopic investigations suggested that the removal of methylene blue could be divided into two steps as follows: (1) rapid biosorption of methylene blue on Bt 016 biomass through electrostatic attraction or chelating activity of functional groups; (2) methylene blue was further degraded by Bt 016 through enzyme-mediated or couple with the metabolism process.
    Water Air and Soil Pollution 05/2015; 226(5). DOI:10.1007/s11270-015-2417-3
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    ABSTRACT: Three commercial electrodes, Ta-Ir/TiO2, Rh-Ir/TiO2, and PbO2/TiO2, were used as electrochemical anodes, and their performance was evaluated by the electrochemical oxidation of ammonia at neutral pH in a continuous electrochemical quadrangular reactor. Based on the cyclic voltammetry scans and volt-ampere relation analysis, in direct oxidation, the oxygen evolution from H2O2 decomposition was completely inhibited, and more •OH radicals could be then generated over PbO2/TiO2 and in the presence of powder activated carbon (PAC). PbO2/TiO2 can be indicated as an appropriate for the direct electrooxidation of ammonia in an unpacked bed reactor. While the efficiency for direct oxidation of ammonia was similar for the three anodes in a PAC packed reactor due to the presence of PAC could avoid short circuit and enhance electric efficiency. In indirect oxidation mediated by active free chlorine, Rh-Ir/TiO2 was the most effective in ammonia removal when chloride was present in the reaction system, and the disappeared ammonia was mainly transferred to N2, and only a small part was converted into nitrate (there was no nitrite detected during the reaction). The results indicated that Rh-Ir/TiO2 had the highest oxidation capability for ammonia compared with Ta-Ir/TiO2 and PbO2/TiO2. Hence, Rh-Ir/TiO2 based on a PAC packed bed reactor provides an alternative for the treatment of ammonia wastewater with high chloride concentration.
    Water Air and Soil Pollution 04/2015; 226(4). DOI:10.1007/s11270-015-2364-z
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    ABSTRACT: The electrokinetic process with Fenton oxidation is a useful method to remediate soils co-contaminated with hydrophobic organics and heavy metals. In this study, an enhanced electrokinetic-Fenton process with a soil flushing method was investigated for the homogeneous and simultaneous removal of total petroleum hydrocarbons (TPHs) and zinc from contaminated soil. In addition, we investigated the removal mechanisms of different types of organic contaminants in real co-contaminated soil with TPHs, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and zinc. In the artificially spiked soil, TPHs were homogeneously treated, and the removal of TPHs and zinc significantly improved using 10 % hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) with 20 mM sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) in the anode and 20 mM SDS and 20 mM NaOH in the cathode. In the real co-contaminated soil, the remediation efficiencies of TPHs and zinc decreased because of the natural soil properties. However, we found satisfactory simultaneous treatability of TPHs and PAHs using 20 % H2O2 with 20 mM SDS in the anode and 20 mM SDS and 20 mM NaOH in the cathode. Furthermore, the removal of individual PAHs was different depending on the individual PAH.
    Water Air and Soil Pollution 04/2015; 226(4). DOI:10.1007/s11270-015-2320-y
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    ABSTRACT: Continuous use of recycled water (treated sewage effluent) over a long period of time may lead to the accumulation of salt in the root zone soil. This is due to the relatively higher levels of salt content in the recycled water compared to surface water. In this study, a laboratory column study was carried out to validate the HYDRUS 1D model under no rain condition. During the validation, the relative error and the % bias between observed and simulated soil water electrical conductivity (ECSW) were found to be low and varied in a range of 5-10 and 5-6 %, respectively. The validated model was then used to predict long-term (5 years) salt accumulation under drought conditions. The analysis of model predicted salt values showed a cyclical pattern of salt accumulation in the root zone, and this related to the variation in rainfall and evapotranspiration. The mean root zone ECSW in the 5th year was found to be within the highest salinity tolerance threshold for pasture (11.2 dS/m); however, the maximum root zone ECSW was found to be about 63 % more than the threshold. Irrespective of seasons, in 5 years time, ECSW at the depth of 1.0 m increased from 3.0 to 7.0 dS/m, which may pose a salinity risk to the groundwater table if there is a perched water table at a depth
    Water Air and Soil Pollution 04/2015; 226(4). DOI:10.1007/s11270-015-2370-1
  • Water Air and Soil Pollution 04/2015; 226(4). DOI:10.1007/s11270-015-2363-0
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    ABSTRACT: To facilitate the mapping of pollution fluxes under different flow conditions when a limited number of gauging stations are available, a method relying on geographic data was developed to estimate the mean daily stream discharge at each sampling station. It has been tested on a rural river watershed that is located in northeast France (Madon River). The stretch of 100 km is equipped with three gauging stations. Surface water samples were collected at 30 stations under different flow conditions. In a participatory research project, samples were also collected by school children at one of the stations (once a week during the school year over a 2-year period). Dissolved organic carbon and nitrogen species were measured for all samples. These data illustrate the variation in the pollution in the river that is associated with agricultural activities and discharges of untreated wastewater. This method was used to obtain localized points of nutrient discharge, to identify the zones that favor nutrient removal, and to propose remediation work.
    Water Air and Soil Pollution 04/2015; 226(4). DOI:10.1007/s11270-015-2361-2