A hierarchical approach to ecological assessment of contaminated soils at Aberdeen Proving Ground, USA

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Despite the expansion of environmental toxicology studies over the past decade, soil ecosystems have largely been ignored in ecotoxicological studies in the United States. The objective of this project was to develop and test the efficacy of a comprehensive methodology for assessing ecological impacts of soil contamination. A hierarchical approach that integrates biotic parameters and ecosystem processes was used to give insight into the mechanisms that lead to alterations in the structure and function of soil ecosystems in contaminated areas. This approach involved (1) a thorough survey of the soil biota to determine community structure, (2) laboratory and field tests ... continued below

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Kuperman, R.G. December 31, 1995.

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Despite the expansion of environmental toxicology studies over the past decade, soil ecosystems have largely been ignored in ecotoxicological studies in the United States. The objective of this project was to develop and test the efficacy of a comprehensive methodology for assessing ecological impacts of soil contamination. A hierarchical approach that integrates biotic parameters and ecosystem processes was used to give insight into the mechanisms that lead to alterations in the structure and function of soil ecosystems in contaminated areas. This approach involved (1) a thorough survey of the soil biota to determine community structure, (2) laboratory and field tests on critical ecosystem processes, (3) toxicity trials, and (4) the use of spatial analyses to provide input to the decision-making, process. This methodology appears to, offer an efficient and potentially cost-saving tool for remedial investigations of contaminated sites.

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  • NATO advanced research workshop on bioindication, Moscow (Russian Federation), 24-28 Apr 1995

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  • Other: DE96007240
  • Report No.: ANL/EA/CP--85957
  • Report No.: CONF-9504245--1
  • Grant Number: W-31109-ENG-38
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 207036
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc667217

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Kuperman, R.G. A hierarchical approach to ecological assessment of contaminated soils at Aberdeen Proving Ground, USA, article, December 31, 1995; Illinois. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc667217/: accessed November 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.