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Ecological Risk Assessment

2nd Edition

By Glenn W. Suter II

CRC Press

680 pages | 103 B/W Illus.

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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 explores 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.


Reflecting on the evolution of ERA and changes in the field over the past 25 years, this book is, without question, the definitive reference on the current practice of ERA . . . Throughout the book, Suter has succeeded in maintaining the emphasis squarely on providing clear, scientifically sound, and unbiased technical advice and instruction on ERA.

–Richard Wenning, Editor-in-Chief, IEAM, in IEAM, 2008, Vol. 4, No. 1

Table of Contents

Introduction to Ecological Risk Assessment

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

Planning and Problem Formulation

Impetus and Mandate

Goals and Objectives

Management Options

Agents and Sources

Environmental Description

Exposure Scenarios

Assessment Endpoints

Conceptual Models

Analysis Plans

Analysis of Exposure

Source Identification and Characterization

Sampling, Analysis, and Assays

Mathematical Models of Chemical Transport and Fate

Exposure to Chemicals and Other Agents

Analysis of Effects

Exposure–Response Relationships


Biological Surveys

Organism-Level Extrapolation Models

Population Modeling

Ecosystem Effects Modeling

Risk Characterization

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

Risk Management

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

The Future of Ecological Risk Assessment




Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Environmental
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General