Ecological Risk Assessment

ISBN-10: 1566706343
ISBN-13: 9781566706346
Edition: 2nd 2007 (Revised)
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Description: The definitive reference in its field, Ecological Risk Assessment, Second Edition details the latest advances in science and practice. In the fourteen years since the publication of the best-selling first edition, ecological risk assessment (ERA)  More...

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Book details

List price: $139.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: CRC Press LLC
Publication date: 12/6/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 680
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.904
Language: English

The definitive reference in its field, Ecological Risk Assessment, Second Edition details the latest advances in science and practice. In the fourteen years since the publication of the best-selling first edition, ecological risk assessment (ERA) has moved from the margins into the spotlight. It is now commonly applied to the regulation of chemicals, the remediation of contaminated sites, the monitoring of importation of exotic organisms, the management of watersheds, and other environmental management issues.Delineating the processes for performing an ERA, the book begins by defining the field, then goes on to describe its relationship to other environmental assessment practices and its organizational framework. The book also includes a chapter on ecological epidemiology, which has previously been treated as a type of ERA, but is now recognized as a distinct practice in itself. It Fiveexplores important concepts in the ERA process including probability, uncertainty, scale, mode of action and multiple causes.Reflecting changes in the field, the book's scope has been broadened to include discussions of the application of ERA to agents other than chemical contaminants. The multitude of illustrative figures provides a flavor for the diverse practice of ERA. The author has re-organized the material, presenting a unitary process of ERA that is applicable to various problems, scales, and mandates. He keeps the emphasis squarely on providing clear, scientifically sound, and unbiased technical advice on the risks from chemicals and chemical mixtures.

Defining the field
Other types of assessments
Ecological risk assessment frameworks
Ecological epidemiology and causal analysis
Variability, uncertainty, and probability
Dimensions, scales, and levels of organization
Modes and mechanisms of action
Mixed and multiple agents
Quality assurance
Impetus and mandate
Goals and objectives
Management options
Agents and sources
Environmental description
Exposure scenarios
Assessment endpoints
Conceptual models
Analysis plans
Source identification and characterization
Sampling, analysis, and assays
Mathematical models of chemical transport and fate
Exposure to chemicals and other agents
Exposure-response relationships
Testing
Biological surveys
Organism-level extrapolation models
Population modeling
Ecosystem effects modeling
Criteria and benchmarks
Integrating exposure and exposure-response
Screening characterization
Definitive risk characterization by weighing the evidence
Comparative risk characterization
Characterizing variability, uncertainty, and incomplete knowledge
Reporting and communicating ecological risks
Decision making and ecological risks
Integration of human health risk assessment
Integration of risk, law, ethics, economics, and preferences
Monitoring the results of risk management

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