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Establishment of site-specific sediment quality guidelines for the Coast of São Paulo state: scientific basis for the creation of a national legislation

Grant number: 13/15482-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2014
Effective date (End): July 10, 2018
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Oceanography - Biological Oceanography
Principal researcher:Denis Moledo de Souza Abessa
Grantee:Lucas Buruaem Moreira
Home Institution: Instituto de Biociências (IB-CLP). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus Experimental do Litoral Paulista. São Vicente , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):16/01091-8 - Effects of antifouling booster biocides irgarol and diuron on endocrine system of soft-bottom flatfish Pleuronichthys verticalis (Jordan & Gilbert, 1880), BE.EP.PD


Sediment contamination on coastal zone may represent ecological risks for the maintenance of environmental quality and biodiversity conservation, which undermines the safety of resources and services provided by these environments, in addition to cause impacts and economic losses. In many countries, legislation and guidelines have been established to assist in the monitoring and management actions. Such protocols recommend the use of sediment quality values (SQV), which correspond to reference values that reflect the relationship between the concentrations of a chemical in sediments with adverse biological effects related to such exposure (both threshold and probable effects levels), establishing thus, levels of contamination and environmental quality. In Brazil there is a lack of legislation addressing the quality of sediments, there is only one resolution for water quality and another one to deal with the management of dredged material. In this sense, this research project proposes the development of site-specific SQVs for concentrations of contaminants in sediments from São Paulo state by compiling results of integrated assessments and production of ecotoxicological data in representative areas of the Coastal Zone, including protected areas. It is expected that the results of this study can provide basis for the creation of a legislation to deal with sediment quality issue, in order to assist in monitoring, policy and management actions in coastal environments. (AU)

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Scientific publications (16)
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BONNAIL, ESTEFANIA; BURUAEM, LUCAS M.; MORAIS, LUCAS G.; ARAUJO, GIULIANA S.; ABESSA, DENIS M. S.; SARMIENTO, AGUASANTA M.; ANGEL DELVALLS, T.. Integrative assessment of sediment quality in lower basin affected by former mining in Brazil. ENVIRONMENTAL GEOCHEMISTRY AND HEALTH, v. 40, n. 4, p. 1465-1480, . (13/15482-0)
ABESSA, D. M. S.; RACHID, B. R. F.; ZARONI, L. P.; GASPARRO, M. R.; PINTO, Y. A.; BICEGO, M. C.; HORTELLAN, M. A.; SARKIS, J. E. S.; MUNIZ, P.; MOREIRA, L. B.; et al. Natural factors and chemical contamination control the structure of macrobenthic communities in the Santos Estuarine System (SP, Brazil). COMMUNITY ECOLOGY, v. 20, n. 2, p. 121-137, . (13/15482-0)
ABESSA, DENIS; VICENTE, THAISA MARQUES; MOREIRA, LUCAS BURUAEM; MORAIS, LUCAS GONCALVES; FEITOSA CRUZ, ANA CAROLINA; MASSONETTO, MIRELLA; DE CAMPOS, BRUNO GALVAO; BICEGO, MARCIA CARUSO; TANIGUCHI, SATIE; HORTELLANI, MARCOS ANTONIO; et al. Assessing the sediment quality of the Laje de Santos marine state park and other marine protected areas of the central coast of São Paulo (Brazil). Brazilian Journal of Oceanography, v. 65, n. 4, p. 532-548, . (13/15482-0)
MOREIRA, LUCAS BURUAEM; DUARTE ALVES DE CAMARGO, JULIA BEATRIZ; MARQUES, BRUNA BELLETATO; MARTINS, CESAR C.; DE SOUZA ABESSA, DENIS MOLEDO. Multiple lines of evidence of sediment quality in an urban Marine Protected Area (Xixova-Japui State Park, SP, Brazil). Environmental Science and Pollution Research, v. 26, n. 5, p. 4605-4617, . (13/15482-0)
DOS SANTOS, DAYANA M.; BURUAEM, LUCAS; GONCALVES, RENATO M.; WILLIAMS, MIKE; ABESSA, DENIS M. S.; KOOKANA, RAI; DE MARCHI, MARY ROSA R.. Multiresidue determination and predicted risk assessment of contaminants of emerging concern in marine sediments from the vicinities of submarine sewage outfalls. Marine Pollution Bulletin, v. 129, n. 1, p. 299-307, . (13/09437-2, 13/15482-0, 12/17898-7)
UEDA-DE-CARVALHO, MAYSA; BURUAEM-MOREIRA, LUCAS; MARANHO, LUCIANE ALVES; MOLEDO-DE-SOUZA-ABESSA, DENIS. Chronic effects of fire suppressors on the reproduction of the copepod Nitocra sp.. REVISTA DE CIENCIAS AGRICOLAS, v. 36, n. E, p. 82-94, . (13/15482-0)
NASCIMENTO DE SANTANA, DEBORA CRISTINA; PERINA, FERNANDO CESAR; LOURENCO, RAFAEL ANDRE; DA SILVA, JOSILENE; MOREIRA, LUCAS BURUAEM; DE SOUZA ABESSA, DENIS MOLEDO. evels of hydrocarbons and toxicity of water-soluble fractions of maritime fuels on neotropical invertebrate. ECOTOXICOLOGY, v. 30, n. 10, . (20/00068-8, 13/15482-0)
BONNAIL, ESTEFANIA; BURUAEM, LUCAS M.; MORAIS, LUCAS G.; ABESSA, DENIS M. S.; SARMIENTO, AGUASANTA M.; ANGEL DELVALLS, T.. Metal contamination and fractionation in sediments from the lower basin of the Vale do Ribeira (SE, Brazil). ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING AND ASSESSMENT, v. 189, n. 6, . (13/15482-0)
CAMPOS, B. G.; CRUZ, A. C. F.; BURUAEM, L. M.; RODRIGUES, A. P. C.; MACHADO, W. T. V.; ABESSA, D. M. S.. Using a tiered approach based on ecotoxicological techniques to assess the ecological risks of contamination in a subtropical estuarine protected area. Science of The Total Environment, v. 544, p. 564-573, . (13/15482-0, 12/03939-3)
BONNAIL, ESTEFANIA; BURUAEM, LUCAS M.; ARAUJO, GIULIANA S.; ABESSA, DENIS M. S.; ANGEL DELVALLS, T.. Multiple Biomarker Responses in Corbicula fluminea Exposed to Copper in Laboratory Toxicity Tests. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, v. 71, n. 2, p. 278-285, . (13/15482-0)
MOREIRA, LUCAS BURUAEM; BELLINI DANTAS LEITE, PEDRO RICARDO; DIAS, MAURICI DE LARA; MARTINS, CESAR DE CASTRO; DE SOUZA ABESSA, DENIS MOLEDO. Sediment quality assessment as potential tool for the management of tropical estuarine protected areas in SW Atlantic, Brazil. ECOLOGICAL INDICATORS, v. 101, p. 238-248, . (13/15482-0)
ABESSA, DENIS M. S.; ALBUQUERQUE, HEITOR C.; MORAIS, LUCAS G.; ARAUJO, GIULIANA S.; FONSECA, TAINA G.; CRUZ, ANA C. F.; CAMPOS, BRUNO G.; CAMARGO, JULIA B. D. A.; GUSSO-CHOUERI, PALOMA K.; PERINA, FERNANDO C.; et al. Pollution status of marine protected areas worldwide and the consequent toxic effects are unknown. Environmental Pollution, v. 243, n. B, p. 1450-1459, . (11/20745-5, 12/03939-3, 13/15482-0, 11/02682-6, 15/14652-5)
SANTOS, FELIPE R.; MARTINS, DAVI A.; MORAIS, POLLYANA C. V.; OLIVEIRA, ANDRE H. B.; GAMA, ALLYNE F.; NASCIMENTO, RONALDO F.; CHOI-LIMA, KATHERINE F.; MOREIRA, LUCAS BURUAEM; ABESSA, DENIS M. S.; NELSON, ROBERT K.; et al. Influence of anthropogenic activities and risk assessment on protected mangrove forest using traditional and emerging molecular markers (Ceara coast, northeastern Brazil). Science of The Total Environment, v. 656, p. 877-888, . (13/15482-0)
MOREIRA, LUCAS BURUAEM; VICENTE, THAISA MARQUES; TANIGUCHI, SATIE; HORTELLANI, MARCOS ANTONIO; SOUZA SARKIS, JORGE EDUARDO; BICEGO, MARCIA CARUSO; DE SOUZA ABESSA, DENIS MOLEDO. Assessing legacy contaminants in sediments from marine protected areas of the central coast of São Paulo (Brazil). Brazilian Journal of Oceanography, v. 65, n. 4, p. 549-563, . (13/15482-0)
DE CAMPOS, BRUNO GALVAO; MOREIRA, LUCAS BURUAEM; EUFRASIO PAULY, GUACIRA DE FIGUEIREDO; FEITOSA CRUZ, ANA CAROLINA; MONTE, CHRISTIANE DO NASCIMENTO; DIAS DA SILVA, LILIAN IRENE; DE CASTRO RODRIGUES, ANA PAULA; MACHADO, WILSON; DE SOUZA ABESSA, DENIS MOLEDO. Integrating multiple lines of evidence of sediment quality in a tropical bay (Guanabara Bay, Brazil). Marine Pollution Bulletin, v. 146, p. 925-934, . (13/15482-0, 15/13143-0)
MOREIRA, LUCAS BURUAEM; FERNANDES, GABRIELLE MELO; LOPES FIGUEIRA, RUBENS CESAR; DO NASCIMENTO, RONALDO FERREIRA; CAVALCANTE, RIVELINO MARTINS; VALLE MACHADO, WILSON THADEU; DE SOUZA ABESSA, DENIS MOLEDO. Sediment contamination and toxicity of Marine Protected Areas in southeastern Brazilian coast: A baseline for management planning. Marine Pollution Bulletin, v. 170, . (13/15482-0)

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