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About this book
About this book
The authors give an overview of the current process of ecological risk assessment for toxic chemicals and of how modeling of populations, ecosystems, and landscapes could improve the status quo. They present a classification of ecological models and explain the differences between population, ecosystem, landscape, and toxicity-extrapolation models.
INTRODUCTION. Objectives. Selecting and Using Ecological Models in Ecological Risk Assessment. METHODS. Compilation and Review of Models. Selection of Models for Further Development and Use. Workshop on Ecological Modeling. RESULTS OF THE EVALUATION OF ECOLOGICAL MODELING. Population Models - Scalar Abundance. Population Models - Life History. Population Models - Individual-Based. Population Models - Metapopulations. Ecosystem Models - Food-Webs. Ecosystem Models - Aquatic. Ecosystem Models - Terrestrial. Landscape Models - Aquatic and Terrestrial. Toxicity-Extrapolation Models. ENHANCING THE USE OF ECOLOGICAL MODELS IN DECISION-MAKING. CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS. REFERENCES.
312 pages, Figs, tabs, maps
a unique and absolutely essential source for ecotoxicologists and other scientists engaged in applying models for assessing the risks of chemicals to the environmentbrings together, from the large and scattered ecological modeling literature, an encyclopedic compilation of modelsThe book is made more valuable by insightful comments on the use of models in risk assessment, plus a glossary of terms, and many tables, including lists of Web sites for available risk-assessment software -Donald L. DeAngelis, Department of Biology, University of Miami "This book provides a roadmap of the available ecological models potentially useful to ecological risk analysis of chemicals. Models are organized and summarized in a systematic and consistent format that provides crucial information needed for users to readily identify models relevant to their problem. This book is an excellent starting point for the novice, as well as an excellent reference source for the experienced." -Kenneth Rose, Coastal Fisheries Institute, Louisiana State University "Ecological risk assessment suffers less from a lack of tools than from a lack of familiarity with the tools that are available and their potential utility. This book provides a catalog, descriptions And reviews 'Ecological models ranging from statistical extrapolation models to population, Ecosystem and landscape models. The editors are leaders in the field. They and the authors have performed a valuable service to the ecorisk community. It is now the task of practitioners to explore this array of models and determine how to implement them in specific cases using realistically available data sets." -Glenn W. Suter, II, United States EPA, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA