This book presents an integrated approach to understanding environmental contamination problems through the use of techniques from environmental chemistry, toxicology, ecology, and ecotoxicology. Basing much of his information on his 21 years of experience in the field, the author proposes innovative strategies for studying the environmental fate of contaminants, evaluating the effects, and producing scientific criteria for environmental safety. The book is clearly written, with all terms defined and equations explained with examples of their application. Weak points in the present knowledge are pointed out and discussed. An extensive list of references is provided for individuals who wish to delve deeper into the subject.
Approaches to the Assessment of the Environmental Fate of Chemical Contaminants: Introduction. Predictive Approaches and Models. The Role of Physiocochemical Properties. Evaluative Models. The Role of Field Studies. References. Environmental Toxicology: Introduction. Classic Toxicology. Toxicology of Mixtures. Field Studies: Biological Monitoring and Nondestructive Biomarkers. Predictive Tools in Environmental Toxicology (SARs). The Need for the Evaluation of Ecosystem Responses. References. Hazard Evaluation and Risk Assessment: Introduction. Environmental Fate Assessment. Hazard and Risk Characterization. The Ecotoxicological Approach. An Example of Application: Semivolatile Organochlorinated Hydrocarbons (SOCs) in the Mediterranean Sea: Sources, Fate and Hazard Assessment. Uncertainty of Present Approaches: Future Research Needs. Conclusions. References. Index.