Ecological Risk Assessment of Contaminants in Soil

  • Nico M. van Straalen
  • Hans Løkke

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Nico M. Van Straalen, Hans Løkke
      Pages 3-21
  3. Extrapolation from Experiments

  4. Populations in Soil

  5. The soil as an ecosystem

  6. The spatial component of soil communities

  7. The role of ecological modelling

  8. Ecological approaches: case studies

  9. Recommendations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 321-321
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 331-333

About this book


Many industrialized and developing countries are faced with the assessment of potential risks associated with contaminated land. A variety of human activities have left their impacts on soils in the form of elevated and locally high concentrations of potential toxicants. In several cases sources have not yet been stopped and contamination continues. Decisions on the management of contaminated sites and on the regulation of chemicals in the terrestrial environment require information on the extent to which toxicants adversely affect the life support function of soils. Ecological insights into the soil as an ecosystem may support such decisions. This book reviews the latest ecological principles that should be considered in this respect.


Fitness contaminants contamination ecological principles ecosystem ecosystems ecotoxicity ecotoxicology environment nutrient cycling pollutants pollution soil toxicity toxicology

Editors and affiliations

  • Nico M. van Straalen
    • 1
  • Hans Løkke
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Ecology and EcotoxicologyVrije UniversiteitThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Terrestrial EcologyNational Environmental Research InstituteDenmark

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Chapman & Hall 1997
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-7922-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-6361-7
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