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Modern Biogeochemistry: Environmental Risk Assessment (2nd edition)

Edited by Bashkin, Vladimir N. 
Springer  2006  



Hardcover  444 pp  ISBN 9781402041822      £153.00
This book is aimed at generalizing the modern ideas of both biogeochemical and environmental risk assessment that have been developed in recent years. Only a few books are available for readers in this interdisciplinary area, since most books deal mainly with various technical aspects of ERA description and calculations. This text aims at supplementing the existing books by providing a modern understanding of mechanisms that are responsible for ecological risks for human beings and ecosystems. The book is to a certain extent a summary of both scientific results of various authors and of classes in biogeochemistry and ERA, taught by the author in recent years to students in the USA, in particular at Cornell, and in different universities in Moscow, Pushchino, Seoul, and Bangkok.

At present, quantitative ecological risk assessment is widely used in different contexts, however very often without an understanding of the natural mechanisms that drive the processes of environmental and human risk. Its application is often accompanied by high uncertainty about risk values. On the other hand, the sustainability of modern technoecosystems is known because of their natural biogeochemical cycling that has been transformed to various extents by anthropogenic studies. Accordingly our understanding of the principal mechanisms that drive the biogeochemical food webs allows us to present a quantitative ecological risk assessment and to propose technological solutions for management of various ERA enterprises. It also enables us to devise a powerful mechanism for ecological insurance, to assign responsibilities and protect rights while managing the control of damage from natural and anthropogenic accidents and catastrophes.

Of interest to institutes, libraries, scientists, researchers, lecturers, tutors and graduates

Contents

PART 1. BIOGEOCHEMICAL CYCLING AND POLLUTANTS EXPOSURE

  • Assessment of Ecosystems Risks
  • Biogeochemical Structure of Ecosystems
  • Biogeochemical Standards
  • Biogeochemical Approaches to Ecosystem Endpoints
  • Biogeochemical Approaches to Human Exposure Assessment

PART 2. NATURAL BIOGEOCHEMICAL PECULIARITIES OF EXPOSURE ASSESSMENT

  • Arctic and Tundra Climatic Zone
  • Boreal and Sub-Boreal Climatic Zone
  • Semi-Arid and Arid Climatic Zone
  • Subtropic and Tropic Climatic Zone

PART 3. EXPOSURE ASSESSMENT IN TECHNOGENIC BIOGEOCHEMICAL PROVINCES

  • Oil and Gas Biogeochemical Provinces
  • Metallogenic Biogeochemical Provinces
  • Urban Biogeochemical Provinces
  • Agrogenic Biogeochemical Provinces

PART 4. ENVIRONMENTAL RISK ASSESSMENT ON A REGIONAL SCALE

  • Californian Case Studies
  • . Eurasian Case Studies
  • Caspian Sea Environments
  • Transboundary N And S Air Pollution
  • Trans-Boundary Hm Air Pollution
  • Trans-Boundary Pop Transport
  • Trans-Boundary Gas and Oil Pipelines

References
Index

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