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SEDAG 2015 Annual Report

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The Scope of SEDAG

The scope of SEDAG comprises environmental aspects of quantity and quality of sediments, both as deposits and as suspended matter in freshwater, estuarine and marine environments. Scientific coverage of SEDAG includes all fields pertinent to conducting effective environmental risk assessment and management of sediment, including issues such as transport, fate, exposure, effect, impact analysis, guideline values and frameworks (regulations), and management strategies. Where necessary, the adjoining compartments like soil, water, groundwater, air will be considered and contacts with advisory groups like the established SETAC Soil Advisory Group will be established. SEDAG, through its broad membership, will aim for cooperation and exchange with international sediment-related organizations such as the European Sediment Network "SedNet,” the Sediment Management Work Group, the Sediment Remediation Technology Development Forum, providing a strong link to application.

The Mission of the SETAC Sediment Advisory Group

SEDAG exists to serve as a scientific resource to all stakeholders interested in the topic of sediments in the environment, and fulfills the following mission and purpose:

  • Serve as a focal point within SETAC as a means of involving the membership in research and discussions.
  • Stimulate critical assessment in order to establish the best available science.
  • Encourage the worldwide incorporation of the best available science and strategic approaches.
  • Advance overall understanding of the fate, effects, and potential environmental consequences of contaminated, altered or redistributed sediments.
  • Provide scientific support to facilitate effective regulatory decision making.
  • Provide a neutral forum and focal point for collaborative identification, evaluation, and resolution of scientific issues.
  • Provide a forum for organizing sessions at annual meetings and organizing workshops to address scientific issues associated with the assessment and management of contaminated sediments.
  • Provide a mechanism to publish journal articles and books associated with the assessment and management of sediments.

The steering committee is querying potential members of the SEDAG to help establish priorities for first activities of the SEDAG.

The SEDAG will likely meet at the fall meetings of SETAC NA and at the spring meetings of SETAC Europe.

Working Groups

A series of working groups exist within SEDAG that seek to engage members with common interests.   Four of the currently active working groups are listed below  with contact details.  Further details of the working group aims are provided on the SETAC web site.

  1. Harmonization of methods for assessing contaminated sediments.  Chair: Chris Ingersoll
  2. PAH-Working Group.  Chairs: Peter Van Metre, Charlene Liu (
  3. Behaviour, fate and bioavailability of particle bound contaminants in changing environments
    Chair: Susanne Heise
  4. Compilation of contaminant-spiked sediment toxicity data (SETAC database).  Chair: Steven Bay

Steering Committee Status and Membership

Current Steering Committee

Paul Sibley, University of Guelph, Canada
Jing You, Chinese Academy of Sciences. China
Jussi Kukkonen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Amy Oen, Norges Geotekniske Institutt (NGI), Norway
Frank Dillon, CH2M Hill, USA
Shaun Roark, GEI Consultants, USA
Greg Schiefer, SETAC North America, USA
Chris Ingersoll, US Geological Survey, USA
Lisa Taylor, Environment Canada, Canada
Steve Bay, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP), USA
Stuart Simpson, CSIRO Land and Water, Australia (Current Chair)

Operating Guidelines

Recent Forum Activity
HOW TO: Instructions for the SEDAG webite
Posted by: Trudy Watson-Leung, Monday, January 26, 2015
Forum: General Discussion
Questions and Research Needs Identified in Nashville
Posted by: Trudy Watson-Leung, Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Forum: General Discussion
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Related Group News

Submit an Abstract for the 2016 SETAC World Congress
Posted in Annual Meetings, Friday, May 20, 2016

Abstract submission is now open for the 7th SETAC World Congress/SETAC North America 37th Annual Meeting, Fostering Environmental Science for an Ever-Changing World, taking place ... more »

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