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Manual of Aquatic Sediment Sampling

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ISBN 9781566700290
Published February 15, 1995 by CRC Press
240 Pages

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Book Description

Little attention has been paid to the techniques for aquatic sediment sampling in the scientific literature dealing with environmental issues. With increasing interest in aquatic sediments as a sink source of contaminants in aquatic ecosystems, it has been recognized that sediment sampling is a complex and poorly documented discipline. No standardized methods exist to preserve the integrity of sediment and, particularly, sediment pore water, during sampling for different analyses and biological testing for assessment of sediment quality. A practical guide presenting the various methods available would prove extremely valuable. This is that guide.
The book begins with a description of the objectives of sediment sampling for different purposes and planning of sampling programs. Most commonly used and readily available samplers and sampling techniques are explained for routine monitoring of sediment contamination and studies of sediment quality. Sample handling, transport, and storage are outlined relevant to the subsequent use of the collected sediments in physico-chemical analysis and biological testing. Measurements and notes of observations in the field during collection of sediments are described. Methods and equipment for collection of sediment pore water are detailed, and the efficiency, cost, and safety involved in sediment sampling are considered. The Manual of Aquatic Sediment Sampling contains examples, figures, and tables to enhance the reader's understanding of the material and of the importance of choosing proper techniques in sediment sampling programs.
For each topic, recent citations are included from specialized literature. The Manual of Aquatic Sediment Sampling contains many examples, figures, and tables which will help the reader to understand the importance of choosing proper techniques in sediment sampling programs, and will provide a guide to preparation and execution of such programs.

Table of Contents

Procedures in Preparation of a Sediment Sampling Program
Review of Different Objectives
Selection of Sampling Stations
Sampling of Fine-Grained Sediments
Procedures for a Preliminary Determination of Fine-Grained Sediments Deposition
Selection of Sampling Stations in a River
Required Number of Sampling Stations
Positioning of Sampling Stations
Example of a Sediment Sampling Protocol
Examples of Selection of Sampling Stations in Studies of Bottom Sediments
Description of Equipment for Bottom Sediment Sampling
Choice of Equipment for Sediment Sampling
Bottom Sediment Samplers
Description of Equipment for Sediment Pore Water Sampling
Indirect Methods
In Situ Methods
Measurements and Handling of Samples in the Field
Measurements of pH and Eh
Sampling Description
Subsampling for Determination of Cation Exchange Capacity
Subsampling under Oxygen-Free Atmosphere
Sample Mixing and Subsampling into Prepared Containers
Sampling Hazardous Sediments and Safety Requirements
Handling, Preservation Techniques, and Storage of Sediment Samples
Containers for Sediment Samples
Handling Samples for Tests and Analyses on Wet Sediments
Handling Samples for Tests and Analyses on Dry Sediments
Preservation of Sediment and Pore Water Samples
Storage of Sediment Samples
Quality Control of Sediment Sampling
Quality Assurance in Sediment Sampling
Prevention of Sample Contamination
Procedures for Cleaning Containers for Sample Storage
Documentation of Sample Collection
Field Blanks and Background Samples
Preparation of Reference Materials
Guidelines for Sediment Quality
Costs Associated with Sediment Sampling

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