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Toxicokinetics of Crude Oil Components in Arctic Copepods

Abstract

The risk of accidental oil spills in the Arctic is on the rise due to increased shipping and oil exploration activities, making it essential to calibrate parameters for risk assessment of oil spills to Arctic conditions. The toxicokinetics of crude oil components were assessed by exposing one lipid-poor (CIII) and one lipid-rich (CV) stage of the Arctic copepod Calanus hyperboreus to crude oil WSF (water-soluble fraction). Water concentrations and total body residues (BR), as well as lipid volume fractions, were measured at regular intervals during exposure and recovery. Bioconcentration factors (BCFs) and elimination rates (ke) for 26 petrogenic oil components were estimated from one-compartment models fitted to the BR data. Our parameters were compared to estimations made by the OMEGA bioaccumulation model, which uses the octanol–water partitioning coefficient (KOW) in QSAR (quantitative structure–activity relationship) predictions. Our parameters for the lipid-poor CIIIs generally agreed with the OMEGA predictions, while neither the BCFs nor the kes for the lipid-rich CVs fitted within the realistic range of the OMEGA parameters. Both the uptake and elimination rates for the CVs were in general half an order of magnitude lower than the OMEGA predictions, showing an overestimation of these parameters by the OMEGA model.

Category

Academic article

Client

  • Research Council of Norway (RCN) / 194062

Language

English

Affiliation

  • SINTEF Ocean / Climate and Environment
  • Netherlands
  • Diverse norske bedrifter og organisasjoner

Date

13.06.2018

Year

2018

Published in

Environmental Science and Technology

ISSN

0013-936X

Volume

52

Issue

17

Page(s)

9899 - 9907

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