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Metal Contamination in Aquatic Environments

Metal Contamination in Aquatic Environments
Science and Lateral Management

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  • Date Published: June 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521279017

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About the Authors
  • Metal contamination is one of the most ubiquitous, persistent and complex environmental issues, encompassing legacies of the past (e.g. abandoned mines) as well as impending, but poorly studied, threats (e.g. metallo-nanomaterials). Writing for graduate students, risk assessors and environmental managers, Drs Luoma and Rainbow explain why controversies exist in managing metal contamination and highlight opportunities for policy solutions stemming from the latest advances in the field. They illustrate how the 'lateral' approach offers opportunities in both science and management, making the case that the advanced state of the science now allows bridging of traditional boundaries in the field (e.g. between field observations and laboratory toxicology). The book has a uniquely international and interdisciplinary perspective, integrating geochemistry, biology, ecology, and toxicology, as well as policy and science. It explicitly shows how science ties into today's regulatory structure, identifying opportunities for more effective risk management in the future.

    • The authors have a joint 50 years' experience and 300+ publications from which they built this book
    • Prologues before every section provide a bulleted synopsis of major principles
    • Text boxes throughout present a synopsis of important studies that support the general principles emphasized in the main body of the text
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    Reviews & endorsements

    Pre Publication Praise:
    "...will become required reading for aquatic science students, practicing environmental scientists and environment managers and even some policy makers".
    Professor Mike Elliot, University of Hull, UK

    "...provides a solid foundation for students, academics, industrial scientists, consultants and regulators assessing the environmental significance of metals in waterbodies"
    Dr. Peter Chapman, Principle, Golder Associates Ltd.

    "..clearly weaving together cross boundary topics ranging from conceptual impacts on ecosystems and human populations, along with policy and regulation perspectives"
    Professor Ken Bruland, University of California at Santa Cruz

    "...combines in an accessible book the broad range of science required to understand the...impact of metals on natural systems..."
    Professor Jeffrey Levinton, State University of New York, Stony Brook

    "This uncommon, ambitious work by Luoma and Rainbow possesses both depth and breadth, and ties together specific events/examples, past and present, giving a global perspective and punch. ...Highly recommended." - CHOICE

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521279017
    • length: 588 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 189 x 30 mm
    • weight: 1.04kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Conceptual underpinnings: science and management
    3. Historical and disciplinary context
    4. Sources and cycles of trace metals
    5. Concentrations and speciation of metals in natural waters
    6. Trace metals in suspended particulates and sediments: concentrations and geochemistry
    7. Trace metal bioaccumulation
    8. Biomonitors
    9. Manifestation of the toxic effects of trace metals: the biological perspective
    10. Toxicity testing
    11. Manifestation of metal effects in nature
    12. Mining and metal contamination: science, controversies and policies
    13. Selenium: dietary exposure, trophic transfer and food web effects
    14. Organometals: tributyl tin and methyl mercury
    15. Hazard rankings and water quality guidelines
    16. Sediment quality guidelines
    17. Harmonizing approaches to managing metal contamination: integrative and weight of evidence approaches
    18. Conclusions: science and policy.

  • Authors

    Samuel N. Luoma, John Muir Institute of Environment, University of California, Davis

    Philip S. Rainbow, Natural History Museum, London

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