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10 year trend of levels of organochlorine pollutants in Antarctic seabirds
Entry ID: ASAC_2357

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Summary
Abstract:

Metadata record for data from ASAC Project 2357 See the link below for public details on this project.


—- Public Summary from Project —-

Contaminants like PCBs and DDE have hardly been used Antarctica. Hence, this is an excellent place to monitor global background levels of these organochlorines. In this project concentrations in penguins and petrels will be compared ...


Data set description

From several birds from Hop Island, Rauer Islands near Davis, samples were collected from preenoil (oil that birds excrete to preen their feathers. This preenoil was then analysed for organochlorine pollutants like polychlorinated biphenyls, (PCBs), hexachlorobenzene (HCB), DDE and dieldrin. The species under investigation were the Adelie penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) and the Southern Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialoides). The samples were collected from adult breeding birds, and stored in -20 degrees C as soon as possible. The analysis was done with relatively standard but very optimised methods, using a gas-chromatograph and mass-selective detection.


Data sheets:

The data are available in excel-sheets, located at Alterra, The Netherlands (the affiliation of the PI Nico van den Brink.). Data are available on PCB153 (polychlorinated biphenyl congener numbered 153), hexachlorobenzene (HCB), DDE (a metabolite of the pesticide DDT), and dieldrin (an insecticide).


The metadata are in 4 sheets (in meta data 2357.xls):



  1. 'Concentrations fulmars'

  2. 'Morphometric data fulmars'

  3. 'Concentrations Adelies'

  4. 'Morphometric data Adelies'


The column headings are:



  1. 'Concentrations fulmars'



  2. Fulmar: bird number, corresponds with sheet 'morphometric data fulmars'.



  3. PCB153: concentration of PCB-congener 153 (ng/g lipids)



  4. HCB: concentration of hexachlorobenzene (ng/g lipids)



  5. DDE: concentration of DDE (ng/g lipids)



  6. Dieldrin: concentration of dieldrin (ng/g lipids)



  7. Sample size weight of collected amount of preenoil



  8. Morphometric data fulmars



  9. Fulmar: bird number, corresponds with sheet 'Concentrations fulmars'.



  10. Bill Length (mm): length of bill (tip to base)



  11. Head Length (mm): length of head (tip of bill to back of head)



  12. Tarsus (mm): length of tarsus



  13. Wing Length (cm): length of right wing



  14. Weight (kg): weight of bird (without bag)



  15. 'Concentrations Adelies'




Adelie: bird number, corresponds with sheet 'morphometric data Adelies'.



  • PCB153: concentration of PCB-congener 153 (ng/g lipids)



  • HCB: concentration of hexachlorobenzene (ng/g lipids)



  • DDE: concentration of DDE (ng/g lipids)



  • Dieldrin: concentration of dieldrin (ng/g lipids)



  • Sample size weight of collected amount of preenoil



  • 'Morphometric data Adelies'



  • Adelie: bird number, corresponds with sheet 'Concentrations Adelies'.



  • Bill (mm): length of bill (tip to base)



  • Head Length (mm): length of head (tip of bill to back of head)



  • Tarsus (mm): length of tarsus



  • Flipper Length (cm): length of right flipper (wing)



  • Weight (kg): weight of bird (without bag)




In sheets on concentrations: less than d.l.: concentrations below detection limits.


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Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Van den Brink, N.
Dataset Title: 10 year trend of levels of organochlorine pollutants in Antarctic seabirds
Dataset Series Name: CAASM Metadata
Dataset Release Date: 2010-11-15
Dataset Publisher: Australian Antarctic Data Centre
Online Resource: https://data.aad.gov.au/aadc/metadata/metadata_redirect.cfm?md=/AMD...
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2003-12-16
Stop Date: 2004-01-18
Quality The concentrations were very low. Only for PCB153 several observations could be detected above detection limits. For other congeners most observations were below detection limits. Generally the samples of the Adelie penguins were smaller.
Access Constraints These data are publicly available for download at the provided URL.

Copies of three publications are also available for download by Australian Antarctic Division staff.
Use Constraints This data set conforms to the PICCCBY Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/).

Please follow instructions listed in the citation reference provided at http://data.aad.gov.au/aadc/metadata/citation.cfm?entry_id=ASAC_2357 when using these data.
Data Set Progress
COMPLETE
Data Center
Australian Antarctic Data Centre, Australia
Data Center URL: http://data.aad.gov.au

Data Center Personnel
Name: DATA OFFICER AADC
Phone: +61 3 6232 3244
Fax: +61 3 6232 3351
Email: metadata at aad.gov.au
Contact Address:
Australian Antarctic Division
203 Channel Highway
City: Kingston
Province or State: Tasmania
Postal Code: 7050
Country: Australia
Distribution
Distribution Media: HTTP
Distribution Size: 11 kb
Distribution Format: Excel
Fees: free
Personnel
NICO VAN DEN BRINK
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Phone: +31 317 485796
Fax: +31 317 419000
Email: nico.vandenbrink at wur.nl
Contact Address:
Alterra, Wageningen Ur
Center for Ecosystems Studies
P.O. Box 47
Droeven daalsesteeg 3
City: Wageningen
Postal Code: NL-6700AA
Country: NETHERLANDS
Publications/References
Roosens, L., van den Brink, N., Riddle, M., Blust, R., Neels, H., Covaci, A. (2007), Penguin colonies as secondary sources of contamination with persistent organic pollutants, Journal of Environmental Monitoring, 9, 8, 822-825
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2003-05-26
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-04-26