Articles | Volume 12, issue 2
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 12, 1153–1170, 2020
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 12, 1153–1170, 2020

Data description paper 20 May 2020

Data description paper | 20 May 2020

Spatio-temporal assessment of the polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) sediment contamination in four major French river corridors (1945–2018)

André-Marie Dendievel et al.

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Polychlorinated biphenyl indicators (ΣPCBi) from sediment cores, bed and flood deposits, suspended particulate matter, and dredged sediments along the major French rivers (1945–2018) are compared with socio-hydrological drivers. ΣPCBi increased from 1945 to the 1990s due to urban and industrial emissions. It gradually decreased with the implementation of regulations. Specific ΣPCBi fluxes reveal the amount of PCB-polluted sediment transported by French rivers to European seas over 40 years.