The aim of the PERSPEC project is to compile current knowledge on how atmospheric and hydrological processes influence the mobilisation of contaminants to,
within, and from soils. The focus is on priory substances according to the European water framework directive (WFD) such as metals (e.g. mercury, lead and aluminium),
and persistent organic pollutants (POPs; e.g. polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), brominated diphenylethers, chlorophenols, chlorobenzenes,
PCBs and dioxins).
Metals and organic contaminants have in the past often been studied separately, mainly due to their different chemical properties. However, in the environment
they coexist and are subject to the same environmental processes. By including both metals and organic contaminants in the same research framework, differences
as well as similarities in their environmental fate and response to climate factors will become apparent, and different scenarios may be explored.