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Ecosystem Responses to Mercury Contamination

Indicators of Change, 1st Edition

Edited by Reed Harris, Michael W. Murray, Tamara Saltman, Robert Mason, David P. Krabbenhoft, Robin Reash

CRC Press

240 pages

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Description

As rising levels of mercury in the environment pose an increasing threat of toxicity to humans and wildlife, several laws already call for industries to reduce mercury emissions at the source. Ecosystem Responses to Mercury Contamination: Indicators of Change outlines the infrastructure and methods needed to measure, monitor, and regulate the concentration of mercury present in the environment.

This book draws on the knowledge of forty international experts in the fields of atmospheric transport and deposition, mercury cycling in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, and mercury bioaccumulation in aquatic foodwebs and wildlife. The authors propose a set of indicators to use as a measure of changing mercury concentrations in the environment. Next, they recommend a monitoring strategy and offer guidance for determining systematic changes in concentration. Then the authors examine additional monitoring strategies to relate observed changes in concentration to regulatory controls on mercury emissions. The final chapter provides an integrated framework for establishing a national-scale program to monitor mercury concentrations in the environment.

Ecosystem Responses to Mercury Contamination: Indicators of Change contains the information needed to design a large-scale monitoring program for mercury and to use the concentration data to create, enforce, and evaluate the progress of initiatives aimed at reducing mercury emissions.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Airsheds and watersheds. Monitoring and evaluating trends in sediment and water indicators. Monitoring and evaluating trends in methylmercury accumulation in aquatic biota. Wildlife indicators. An integrated framework for ecological mercury assessments.

About the Editors

Reed Harris, David P. Krabbenhoft, Robert Mason, Michael W. Murray, Robin Reash, Tamara Saltman

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCI026000
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
TEC009010
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Chemical & Biochemical
TEC010000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General