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SEGH Data Privacy Policy

01 June 2018
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SEGH Data Protection Policy

Who we are:

The Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health provides a forum for scientists from various disciplines to work together in understanding the interaction between the geochemical environment and the health of plants, animals and humans.

Further information can be found at: www.segh.net

What personal data we collect:

We collect personal data from subscribers comprising name, E-mail address and affiliation. We also collect the same information from individuals who attend our annual conference and other SEGH sponsored meetings.

What will we do with the data:

We will use this data to send subscribers email updates about SEGH, including upcoming events, the latest news articles on the website and other relevant information. For information held centrally by SEGH we will not share your data with other organisations.  The exception will be for a conference, for which specific permission will be sought by the conference host to share contact information with sponsors.

How we will store the data:

We will store your data in secure web hosting software, administered by our Webmaster, Membership Secretary, Secretary and President. We do not store financial details using the web hosting software.  Subscriptions are handled by off-site secure payments through SagePay, for which access to payment records are currently restricted to the Membership Secretary, Secretary and President.

How can i submit a 'Subject Access Request'?

You can submit a subject access request by E-mail to seghmembership@gmail.com

Will this privacy policy be updated?

We regularly review our policies, including this privacy policy, and may make changes from time to time.

Permission to maintain membership details

 Members can at any time request to be removed from the SEGH member/mailing list by emailing seghmembership@gmail.com .

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Latest on-line papers from the SEGH journal: Environmental Geochemistry and Health

  • Microplastics in the benthic invertebrates from the coastal waters of Kochi, Southeastern Arabian Sea 2018-08-01

    Abstract

    This study examined microplastic particles present in the benthic invertebrates Sternaspis scutata, Magelona cinta (deposit feeders) and Tellina sp. (suspension feeder) from the surface sediments of off-Kochi, southwest coast of India. The microplastic particles and thread-like fibres detected in these organisms were identified to be polystyrene by using DXR Raman microscope. Examination of the microplastic particle in Sternaspis scutata by epifluorescent microscopy showed fragmentation marks on the surface suggesting that the microplastic particle was degraded/weathered in nature. The study provides preliminary evidence of the presence of microplastics in benthic fauna from the coastal waters of India. However, further studies are required to understand the sources, distribution, fate and toxicity of the different types of microplastics in benthic invertebrates in order to identify any potential threats to higher trophic level organisms.

  • Mercury bioaccumulation in arthropods from typical community habitats in a zinc-smelting area 2018-08-01

    Abstract

    This study assessed the enrichment of mercury in the food web from the different community habitats in a zinc-smelting area of China. We used a nitrogen stable isotope technique to analyze trophic level relationships among arthropods and found that the first trophic level consisted of plants in the different community habitats, the second trophic level consisted of herbivores such as locusts and grasshoppers (primary consumers), and the third trophic level included spiders and mantes (secondary consumers). Mercury enrichment in the primary consumers was not evident, but enrichment in arthropods of the third trophic level was significant. The average of enrichment coefficients in spiders and mantes was greater than 1. The δ15N values indicated that mercury concentrations accumulated from primary producers to top carnivorous arthropods increased. In this zinc-smelting area, the biological amplification of mercury in the food web is significant. It is reasonable to assume that humans, located at the top of the food chain, are exposed to biomagnified levels of mercury.

  • Hydrogeochemical processes identification and groundwater pollution causes analysis in the northern Ordos Cretaceous Basin, China 2018-08-01

    Abstract

    It is necessary to identify the hydrogeochemical processes and analyze the causes of groundwater pollution due to the lack of knowledge about the groundwater chemical characteristics and the endemic diseases caused by groundwater pollution in the northern Ordos Cretaceous Basin. In this paper, groundwater chemical facies were obtained using the piper trilinear diagram based on the analysis of 190 samples. The hydrogeochemical processes were identified using ionic ratio coefficient, such as leaching, evaporation and condensation. The causes and sources of groundwater pollution were analyzed by correspondence analysis, and the spatial distribution and enrichment reasons of fluoride ion were analyzed considering the endemic fluorosis emphatically. The results show that leaching, evaporation and condensation, mixing, and anthropogenic activities all had significant impact on hydrogeochemical processes in the study area. However, cation exchange and adsorption effects were strong in the S2 and S3 groundwater flow systems, but weak in S1. Groundwater is mainly polluted by Mn and CODMn in the study area. The landfill leachate, domestic sewage, and other organic pollutants, excessive use of pesticides and fertilizers in agriculture, and pyrite oxidation from long-term and large-scale exploitation of coal are the sources of groundwater pollution. The S1 has the highest degree of groundwater pollution, followed by S2 and S3. High concentration of fluoride ion is mainly distributed in the north and west of study area. Evaporation and condensation and groundwater chemistry component are the most important causes of fluoride ion enrichment. The results obtained in this study will be useful for understanding the groundwater quality for effective management and utilization of groundwater resources and assurance of drinking water safety.