Sediment Toxicity Assessment provides the latest information regarding how to evaluate sediment contamination and its effects on aquatic ecosystems. It presents an integrated ecosystem approach by detailing effective assessment methods, considerations, and effects to each major component of marine and freshwater systems, including the benthos, plankton, and fish communities. The approaches emphasize defining habitat conditions (physical and chemical), toxicant bioavailability, factors influencing toxicity (lab and field), biomarkers, acute and chronic toxicity, study design, collection methods, and EPA management strategies. The book also explains how to integrate the assessments.
Sediment Toxicity Assessment will be useful to to all environmental managers, environmental scientists, ecotoxicologists, environmental regulators, aquatic ecologists, environmental contractors and consultants, instructors, students, conservation commissions, and environmental activist organizations.
Table of Contents
1. Assessing Sediment Quality 2. Sediment Variability 3. Sediment Collection and Processing: Factors Affecting Realism 4. Ecosystem Assessment Using Estuarine and Marine Benthic Community Structure 5. Evaluation of Sediment Contaminant Toxicity: The Use of Freshwater Community Structure 6. The Emergence of Functional Attributes as EndPoints in Ecotoxicology 7. The Significance of In-Place Contaminated Marine Sediments on the Water Column: Processes and Effects 8. Plankton, macrophyte, Fish, and Amphibian Toxicity Testing of Freshwater Sediments 9. Assessment of Sediment Toxicity to Marine Benthos 10. Freshwater Benthic Toxicity Tests 11. Biomarkers in Hazard Assessments of Contaminated Sediments 12. Models, Muddles and Mud: Predicting Bioaccumulation of Sediment-Associated Pollutants 13. Sediment Bioaccumulation Testing with Fish 14. Integrative Assessments in Aquatic Ecosystems 15. Management Framework for Contaminated Sediments 16. Puget Sound Case Study 17. The Effects of Contaminated Sediments in the Elizabeth River