Environmental exposures due to natural disasters. Academic Article uri icon


  • The environmental mobilization of contaminants by "natural disasters" is a subject of much interest, however, little has been done to address these concerns, especially in the developing world. Frequencies and predictability of events, both globally and regionally as well as the intensity, vary widely. It is clear that there are greater probabilities for mobilization of modern contaminants in sediments. Over the past 100 years of industrialization many chemicals are buried in riverine, estuarine and coastal sediments. There are a few studies, which have investigated this potential risk especially to human health. Studies that focus on extreme events need to determine the pre-existing baseline, determine the medium to long term fate and transport of contaminants and investigate aquatic and terrestrial pathways. Comprehensive studies are required to investigate the disease pathways and susceptibility for human health concerns.

published proceedings

  • Rev Environ Health

author list (cited authors)

  • Knap, A. H., & Rusyn, I.

citation count

  • 20

complete list of authors

  • Knap, Anthony H||Rusyn, Ivan

publication date

  • March 2016