Nato Security through Science Series C:

Ecotoxicology, Ecological Risk Assessment and Multiple Stressors

Editors: Arapis, Gerassimos, Goncharova, Nadezhda, Baveye, Philippe (Eds.)

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The science of ecotoxicology and the practice of ecological risk assessment are evolving rapidly. Ecotoxicology as a subject area came into prominence in the 1960s after the publication of Rachel Carson's book on the impact of pesticides on the environment. The rise of public and scientific concern for the effects of chemical pollutants on the environment in the 1960s and 1970s led to the development of the discipline of ecotoxicology, a science that takes into account the effects of chemicals in the context of ecology. Until the early 1980s, in spite of public concern and interest among scientists, the assessment of ecological risks associated with natural or synthetic pollutants was not considered a priority issue by most government. However, as the years passed, a better understanding of the importance of ecotoxicology emerged and with it, in some countries, the progressive formalization of an ecological risk assessment process. Ecological risk assessment is a conceptual tool for organizing and analyzing data and information to evaluate the likelihood that one or more stressors are causing or will cause adverse ecological effects. Ecological risk assessment allows risk managers to consider available scientific information when selecting a course of action, in addition to other factors that may affect their decision (e. g. , social, legal, political, or economic). Ecological risk assessment includes three phases (problem formulation, analysis, and risk characterization).

Table of contents (28 chapters)

Table of contents (28 chapters)
  • CURRENT DEVELOPMENTS IN ECOTOXICOLOGY AND ECOLOGICAL RISK ASSESSMENT

    Pages 1-24

    KAPUSTKA, Lawrence A.

  • FROM MOLECULE TO ECOSYSTEMS: ECOTOXICOLOGICAL APPROACHES AND PERSPECTIVES

    Pages 25-39

    ARAPIS, Gerassimos D.

  • PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT AGAINST IONISING RADIATION: THE PATH PROPOSED BY “ICRP”, ITS ORIGINS AND ANALYSIS

    Pages 41-55

    BRECHIGNAC, François

  • ECOEPIDEMIOLOGY: A MEANS TO SAFEGUARD ECOSYSTEM SERVICES THAT SUSTAIN HUMAN WELFARE

    Pages 57-72

    CORMIER, Susan M.

  • PERCHLORATE: ECOLOGICAL AND HUMAN HEALTH EFFECTS

    Pages 73-93

    CLARKSON, Jacquelyn (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ecotoxicology, Ecological Risk Assessment and Multiple Stressors
Editors
  • Gerassimos Arapis
  • Nadezhda Goncharova
  • Philippe Baveye
Series Title
Nato Security through Science Series C:
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-4476-2
DOI
10.1007/1-4020-4476-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-4474-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4020-4475-5
Series ISSN
1871-4668
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 360
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