Multi-index assessment of sea bottom sediments of the Izmir Gulf, Aegean Sea: A study of interrelation between anthropogenic and hydrodynamic effects


Marine Pollution Bulletin, vol.194, 2023 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 194
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2023.115293
  • Journal Name: Marine Pollution Bulletin
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, PASCAL, Aerospace Database, Aquatic Science & Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA), Artic & Antarctic Regions, BIOSIS, CAB Abstracts, Chemical Abstracts Core, Chimica, Communication Abstracts, Compendex, Environment Index, Geobase, Metadex, Pollution Abstracts, Veterinary Science Database, Civil Engineering Abstracts
  • Keywords: Izmir Gulf (Aegean Sea), Marine sediments, Pollution indices, Principal component analysis, Sediment trend analysis
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


This study aimed to investigate the sediment transport pathways and geochemical parameters in the Izmir Gulf to determine the heavily impacted areas by natural and anthropogenic parameters. The grain size trend analysis was used to determine sediment transport patterns and, statistical methods were employed to identify the sources and distribution of chemical elements in sediments. The main factors that were affecting the area were identified as lithogenic, anthropogenic, maritime traffic, biogenic and shipyard activities. The tannery industry (Cr), maritime traffic and shipyard/dock activities (Cu and Zn), road traffic run-offs (Pb and Zn), and untreated domestic waste discharges (TOC and S) were identified as the sources of metals. Contamination rankings based on metal concentrations indicated higher pollution levels in the Inner Gulf compared to the Central Gulf. Zinc and chromium were found to pose significant risks to benthic organisms. The pollutants tended to accumulate in deposition zones, following sediment transport directions.