Aim It is high time we left aside our heedlessness and sounded the alarm before the death knell for the ecosystem of the Persian Gulf is tolled. The highly stressed ecosystem of the Persian Gulf is moving toward an increasingly desperate situation. Oil spillage of more than one million barrels a year, discharge of untreated sewage, activities of power plants and desalination have led to the rise in the level of pollutants such as petroleum hydrocarbons, heavy metals, pesticides, etc. The consequent damages to the coral reefs, alga mats, mangroves and other components of the Persian Gulf ecosystem will undoubtedly have devastating ramifications for the human life in the region too. The fact that the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted Persian Gulf as Special Sea Area in July 2007 is a clear indication of what is at stake. Scientific research in this area would be the first step toward finding a solution for this problem. Persian Gulf Research Institute (PGRI) is launching the international Environmental Studies of Persian Gulf with this aim.
Scope The scope of papers can contribute to any aspect of fundamental and applied research on environmental studies including: • Environmental Biology • Animal & Plant Ecosystem • Environmental Pollution • Distribution & Ecological Effects of Environmental Pollutants • Ecotoxicological Evaluation of Environment • Impact of Contaminants on Human & Natural Environment • Methods and Technologies for Prevention, Interception & Remediation of Damages to Ecosystem • Radiation • Transportation