AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, USA

December 12th - December 16th 2016


With respect to the forthcoming American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, we would like to draw to your attention to Session B079:

Technology-Critical Elements and Emerging Inorganic Contaminants:

Natural Cycles, Anthropogenic Sources and Environmental Fate and Impacts.


SESSION ID#: 12900


New technologies in the fields of information and communication, semiconductors, electronic displays, ‘green energy’, and medical devices drive the increasing extraction, use and emission of a range of trace elements, including rare earth elements, platinum group metals, Nb, Ta, Ga, In, Ge, Te, and others. Due to limited resources and supplies, they are considered technology-critical elements (TCE) of strategic importance. Because of their increasing use, poorly understood biogeochemical behavior and (potential) toxicity, TCE and some other less studied trace elements can be considered as emerging inorganic contaminants of substantial concern. For this session, we invite presentations concerning natural cycles, anthropogenic emissions, mobility in different environmental compartments and fate of TCE and other emerging inorganic contaminants. This includes, for example, molecular level reaction mechanisms and basic geochemical properties, reactive transport, analytical challenges, field studies on biogeochemical presence, fate transformations and anthropogenic impacts, and potential influences on humans and biota.


PRIMARY CONVENER: ISHAI DROR, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel

CONVENERS: SARAH JANE WHITE, Harvard School of Public Health, Princeton, NJ, United States, MARC F BENEDETTI, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, Paris, France and MONTSERRAT FILELLA, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland


The abstract submission site is now open and will close on August 3rd.

We look forward to receive your abstracts and to meet you in San Francisco!


You can find all the details about the conference here.