Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Journal Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Springer Verlag

Journal description

Environmental Monitoring and Assessment emphasizes technical developments and data arising from environmental monitoring and assessment the use of scientific principles in the design of monitoring systems at the local regional and global scales and the use of monitoring data in assessing the consequences of natural resource management actions and pollution risks to man and the environment. The journal covers a wide range of pollutants and examines monitoring systems designed to estimate exposure both at the individual and population levels. The journal also focuses on the development of monitoring systems related to the management of various renewable natural resources in for instance agriculture fisheries and forests. The scope of the journal extends to the use of monitoring in pollution assessment and particular emphasis is given to the synthesis of monitoring data with toxicological epidemiological and health data as well as with pre-market screening results. The journal also includes research and monitoring systems that help assess anthropogenic impacts on natural resources and the environment from numerous activities such as harvesting development and land use changes. Geographic information system analyses and remote sensing studies relating such activities to land cover changes that affect e.g. biodiversity and global climate change are also within the purview of the journal. Examples of specific areas of interest are: The design and development of single medium and multimedia monitoring systems sampling techniques optimization of monitoring networks data handling quality and assurance procedures operational costs. The scientific basis for monitoring: scaling methods the use of biological indicators dynamic and commitment models pollution indices etc. Exposure assessment: the development of monitoring systems which allow direct or indirect estimates of pollutant exposure to critical receptors. Methods and procedures of pollution risk assessment relating to sources pathways of exposure trends in time and space anticipatory systems evaluation of environmental quality and of management practice. Monitoring systems designed to detect changes in land use patterns.

Current impact factor: 1.68

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2013 / 2014 Impact Factor 1.679
2012 Impact Factor 1.592
2011 Impact Factor 1.4
2010 Impact Factor 1.436
2009 Impact Factor 1.356
2008 Impact Factor 1.035
2007 Impact Factor 0.885
2006 Impact Factor 0.793
2005 Impact Factor 0.687
2004 Impact Factor 0.608
2003 Impact Factor 0.651
2002 Impact Factor 0.503
2001 Impact Factor 0.388
2000 Impact Factor 0.839
1999 Impact Factor 0.485
1998 Impact Factor 0.498
1997 Impact Factor 0.519
1996 Impact Factor 0.526
1995 Impact Factor 0.497
1994 Impact Factor 0.366
1993 Impact Factor 0.384
1992 Impact Factor 0.325

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 1.79
Cited half-life 4.70
Immediacy index 0.28
Eigenfactor 0.02
Article influence 0.43
Website Environmental Monitoring and Assessment website
Other titles Environmental monitoring and assessment (Online)
ISSN 0167-6369
OCLC 41559970
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Carbonaceous biochemical oxygen demand (CBOD) and total suspended solids (TSS) are the major pollutants affecting the wastewater quality. Water treatment process such as aeration, nitrification, desalination are typically employed to the influent CBOD, and TSS to make sure that effluent CBOD, and TSS are within the acceptable limit. Moving and treating wastewater is energy intensive and often ignored during the design process due to the main emphasis on water quality. In this research, one the most energy intensive processes of wastewater, namely aeration process is optimized with due consideration of water quality and energy aspects. The computational models developed in the present research indicate with less energy consumption, still an acceptable water quality level can be achieved. Case studies depicting few energy saving scenarios’ are also investigated.
    Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 12/2015;
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    ABSTRACT: Characteristics of a cold-core eddy and its influence on the mesozooplankton community were studied along the central (87°E) Bay of Bengal during winter monsoon (November, 2008) based on in situ data. The thermo-haline structure and the satellite derived sea level anomaly maps showed the presence of a cyclonic eddy between 16°N and 20°N. The nutrient enhancement due to the eddy pumping in the euphotic column (~50 m) had resulted in high chlorophyll a concentration, a factor of 8 times higher than that outside the eddy, which led to higher mesozooplankton biomass (0.35 ± 0.36 ml m-3) and abundance (276 ± 184 ind.m-3). The northern cyclonic eddy (NCE) seems to exist for approximately 6 months between July and January. During summer, the NCE is forced by local wind stress curl and the resultant Ekman pumping, whereas during fall and early phase of the winter, it is sustained by westward propagating semi-annual Rossby waves. The longer existence of NCE in the study region, which originated six months prior to the present observation, provide favourable environment for the mesozooplankton community to grow and reproduce, resulting in noticeable increase in the biovolume. Hence, the persistent and longer existence of NCE significantly influences the biological production of the generally oligotrophic BoB, making it locally biologically ‘active’.
    Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 07/2015;
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    ABSTRACT: River damming leads to strong hydromorphological alterations of the watercourse, consequently affecting river vegetation pattern. A multitemporal and spatial analysis of the dam effect on composition, structure and dynamic of the upstream vegetation was performed on Tiber River at Nazzano-dam (Rome). The main research questions were as follows: How does plant landscape vary over time and along the river? Where does the dam effect on vegetation end? How does naturalistic importance of the vegetation affected by damming change over time? Data collection was performed mapping the vegetation in aerial photos related to the period before (1944), during (1954) and after dam construction (1984, 2000). The plant landscape has significantly changed over time and along the river, particularly as a result of the dam construction (1953). The major vegetation changes have involved riparian forests and macrophytes. Dam effect on vegetation is evident up to 3 km, and gradually decreases along an attenuation zone for about another 3 km. Despite the fact that the damming has caused strong local hydromorphological modification of the river ecosystem transforming it into a sub-lacustrine habitat, it has also led to the formation of wetlands of considerable naturalistic importance. Indeed, in these man-made wetlands, optimal hydrological conditions have been created by favouring both the expansion of pre-existing riparian communities and the rooting of new aquatic communities, albeit typical of lacustrine ecosystems. Some of these plant communities have become an important food resource, refuge or nesting habitats for aquatic fauna, while others fall into category of Natura 2000 habitats. Therefore, river damming seems to have indirectly had a “favourable” effect for habitat conservation and local biodiversity.
    Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 04/2015; 187(5):1-12. DOI:10.1007/s10661-015-4521-7
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    ABSTRACT: In this research, a new sample treatment technique termed solvent-assisted dispersive solid phase extraction (SA-DSPE) was developed. The new method was based on the dispersion of the sorbent into the sample to maximize the contact surface. In this approach, the dispersion of the sorbent at a very low milligram level was achieved by injecting a mixture solution of the sorbent and disperser solvent into the aqueous sample. Thereby, a cloudy solution formed. The cloudy solution resulted from the dispersion of the fine particles of the sorbent in the bulk aqueous sample. After extraction, the cloudy solution was centrifuged and the enriched analytes in the sediment phase dissolved in ethanol and determined by FAAS. Under the optimized conditions, the detection limit for silver ions was 0.8 µg L-1. The relative standard deviations for six separate extraction experiments for determination of 5 and 200 µg L-1 of silver ions was 3.4 and 3.1%. The pre-concentration factor was found to be 61.7. SA-DSPE was successfully applied for trace determination of silver ions in water and food samples.
    Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 04/2015;
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    ABSTRACT: Environmental sustainability has become the focus of agricultural sustainability. This study is aimed at evaluating the environmental sustainability of farmers' land use decisions on saline-alkaline soil in China. Based on empirical and theoretical approaches, the decisions mainly include planting, crop distribution, irrigation, drainage, and fertilization. By surveying 22 administrative villages in typical ecologically fragile saline-alkaline areas of five regions (Shandong, Jiangsu, Jilin, Ningxia, and Xinjiang), the paper builds the evaluation criteria at village level, and obtains a comprehensive index. From the results, irrigation concerns are absent from decision-making. For other decisions, farmers in most villages can appropriately deal with planting, drainage, and fertilization according to the regional natural and social geography conditions. But the comprehensive index of crop distribution in the coastal areas is much stronger than in the northeast and northwest. It is found that the similarities of unsustainability lie in the planting of water-consuming crops, the arbitrary distribution of crops, lack of drainage planning, obsolete water conservancy facilities, excessive use of chemical fertilizers, etc. According to the research, on the one hand, it can guide farmers to rationally make use of saline-alkaline land; on the other hand, it can also provide the basis for government to make differentiated policies in different areas and enhance pertinence in the course of technological extension and application.
    Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 04/2015; 187(4):4396. DOI:10.1007/s10661-015-4396-7
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    ABSTRACT: This study assessed the level of oxidative stress and heat shock proteins (Hsp) induced in gills and liver as well as the histopathological effects in the gills of African catfish, Clarias gariepinus, exposed to runoff water from the Third Mainland Bridge, the busiest bridge in the City of Lagos, Nigeria. The runoff was sampled off the bridge drainage, and the assessment of its physicochemical characteristics in both dry and rainy season indicated a high level of chemical and biological oxygen demand, oil and grease as well as manganese. After a preliminary acute toxicity evaluation, the juveniles of C. gariepinus were exposed to 5, 10, 15, 25, 50 and 100 % runoff samples for 30 days. The level of the lipid peroxidation product, malondialdehyde, was significantly different from the control and increased serially with higher concentrations of effluent exposure. There was also an inhibition in the activities of enzymes, superoxide dismutase and catalase as well as significantly lower levels of reduced glutathione after 30 days. Heat shock proteins induced in the catfishes over this period included proteases, sHsps, Hsp 40s, Hsp 60s (for all the fishes-control and exposed) and Hsp 70s (in the exposed fishes only). Histopathological assessments of the gills indicated that the major effects of the runoff exposures were mild to severe thickening and fusion of the gill lamellae, stunting of lamellae, erosion of outer epithelium, epithelial lifting, hyperplasia, oedema and aneurism. The implications of the findings in the Lagos lagoon fishes were discussed.
    Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 04/2015; 187(4):4390. DOI:10.1007/s10661-015-4390-0
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    ABSTRACT: This study proposes to introduce the remote sensing and geographic information system (GIS) techniques in mapping the groundwater potential zones. Remote sensing and GIS techniques have been used to map the groundwater potential zones in Salem Chalk Hills, Tamil Nadu, India. Charnockites and fissile hornblende biotite gneiss are the major rock types in this region. Dunites and peridodites are the ultramafic rocks which cut across the foliation planes of the gneisses and are highly weathered. It comprises magnesite and chromite deposits which are excavated by five mining companies by adopting bench mining. The thickness of weathered and fracture zone varies from 2.2 to 50 m in gneissic formation and 5.8 to 55 m in charnockite. At the contacts of gneiss and charnockite, the thickness ranges from 9.0 to 90.8 m favoring good groundwater potential. The mine lease area is underlined by fractured and sheared hornblende biotite gneiss where groundwater potential is good. Water catchment tanks in this area of 5 km radius are small to moderate in size and are only seasonal. They remain dry during summer seasons. As perennial water resources are remote, the domestic and agricultural activities in this region depend mainly upon the groundwater resources. The mines are located in gently slope area, and accumulation of water is not observed except in mine pits even during the monsoon period. Therefore, it is essential to map the groundwater potential zones for proper management of the aquifer system. Satellite imageries were also used to extract lineaments, hydrogeomorphic landforms, drainage patterns, and land use, which are the major controlling factors for the occurrence of groundwater. Various thematic layers pertaining to groundwater existence such as geology, geomorphology, land use/land cover, lineament, lineament density, drainage, drainage density, slope, and soil were generated using GIS tools. By integrating all the above thematic layers based on the ranks and weightages, eventually groundwater potential zones were demarcated. The study indicates that groundwater potential is good to high in 22 villages and moderate in 13 villages. The good to high potential zone occupies an area of 128 km(2) and moderate potential zone occupies an area of 77 km(2). Groundwater occurrence is poor in five villages which need artificial recharge to augment groundwater.
    Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 04/2015; 187(4):4376. DOI:10.1007/s10661-015-4376-y
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    ABSTRACT: In recent years, the growth of population and increase of the industries around the tributaries of Yamchi Dam basin have led to deterioration of dam water quality. This study aimed to evaluate the quality of the Yamchi Dam basin water, which is used for drinking and irrigation consumptions using Canadian Water Quality Index (CWQI) model, and to determine the main water pollution sources of this basin. Initially, nine sampling stations were selected in the sensitive locations of the mentioned basin's tributaries, and 12 physico-chemical parameters and 2 biological parameters were measured. The CWQI for drinking consumptions was under 40 at all the stations indicating a poor water quality for drinking consumptions. On the other hand, the CWQI was 62-100 for irrigation at different stations; thus, the water had an excellent to fair quality for irrigation consumptions. Almost in all the stations, the quality of irrigation and drinking water in cold season was better. Besides, for drinking use, total coliform and fecal coliform had the highest frequency of failure, and total coliform had the maximum deviation from the specified objective. For irrigation use, total suspended solids had the highest frequency of failure and deviation from the objective in most of the stations. The pisciculture center, aquaculture center, and the Nir City wastewater discharge were determined as the main pollution sources of the Yamchi Dam basin. Therefore, to improve the water quality in this important surface water resource, urban and industrial wastewater treatment prior to disposal and more stringent environmental legislations are recommended.
    Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 04/2015; 187(4):4379. DOI:10.1007/s10661-015-4379-8
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    ABSTRACT: The accumulation of heavy metals in different soils resulting from irrigation with biogas slurry obtained from Taihu basin may create a potential public health risk. We quantified the concentration of heavy metals (Zn, Pb, Cu, Cr, As, and Cd.) in soils. Results indicated that the concentrations of Ni, Zn, Cd, and Pb in soil exceeded the maximum permitted levels set by Chinese Soil Environmental Quality Standard (GB15618-2008). The highest mean level in the soil was noted for Zn, followed by Zn, Pb, Cu, Cr, As, and Cd, while maximum geoaccumulation index (Igeo) was found for Cd in all soil samples which ranged from strongly polluted to extremely polluted. Pollution levels varied with metals and soil types. Moreover, the concentrations of Mn, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, As, and Pb in soils showed significant correlations with OM; pH showed positive correlations with Cd, Cu, As, and Cr; pH and OM were the most important factors controlling the uptake of heavy metals by soils. Multivariate principal component analysis showed anthropogenic contributions of Zn, Pb, Cu, As, and Cd in the different kinds of soils. The target hazard quotient (HQ) values of six metals in soils were less than 1, which suggested that non-carcinogenic risks of metal exposure to soils were generally assumed to be safe. The assessment results of carcinogenic risks in soils showed higher risks than an acceptable range of 1E-06 to 1E-04 that would pose potential cancer risks to the farmers due to the work of leafy and root vegetables grown locally.
    Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 04/2015; 187(4):4377. DOI:10.1007/s10661-015-4377-x
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    ABSTRACT: Eight heavy metals, namely Cu, Zn, Fe, Mn, Cd, Ni, Pb, and As in the muscles of nine fish species collected from Nansi Lake, China. were determined, and the potential health risks to local residents via consumption of the fishes were estimated. The results of two-way ANOVA that showed the concentrations of heavy metals in the investigated fish samples were influenced significantly by fish species and sampling sites. Correlation analysis indicated that sampling sites had significant effects on the levels of correlation coefficients among different heavy metal concentrations. Interestingly, although none of the hazard quotient (HQ) values of any individual element was greater than 1 for the investigated exposure population through fish consumption, the hazard index (HI) values were more than 1 for local fishermen, suggesting that local fishermen may be experiencing some adverse health effects. Among the investigated nine fish species, Cyprinus carpio had the highest HQ and HI. As, Pb, and Cd were the most concerning heavy metals in the investigated fish samples due to their higher relative contributions to the HI values.
    Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 04/2015; 187(4):4355. DOI:10.1007/s10661-015-4355-3
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    ABSTRACT: In this paper, the authors have suggested and implemented the defined soft computing methods in air quality classification with case studies. The first study relates to the application of Fuzzy C mean (FCM) clustering method in estimating pollution status in cities of Maharashtra State, India. In this study, the computation of weighting factor using a new concept of reference group is successfully demonstrated. The authors have also investigated the efficacy of fuzzy set theoretic approach in combination with genetic algorithm in straightway describing air quality in linguistic terms with linguistic degree of certainty attached to each description using Zadeh-Deshpande (ZD) approach. Two metropolitan cities viz., Mumbai in India and New York in the USA are identified for the assessment of the pollution status due to their somewhat similar geographical features. The case studies infer that the fuzzy sets drawn on the basis of expert knowledge base for the criteria pollutants are not much different from those obtained using genetic algorithm. Pollution forecast using various methods including fuzzy time series forms an integral part of the paper.
    Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 04/2015; 187(4):4351. DOI:10.1007/s10661-015-4351-7
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    ABSTRACT: An aeropalynological study was performed in Bodrum, the famous tourism center in southwestern Turkey with a Hirst-type volumetric 7-day pollen and spore trap for 2 years (2007-2008). In Bodrum, 25,099 pollen grains as a mean value belonging to 41 taxa were recorded annually during the study period, and pollen grains from woody plant taxa had the largest atmospheric contribution of 86.99 % and 24 taxa. However, 17 herbaceous plant taxa constituted 12.82 % of the annual total pollen count, and 0.19 % were unidentified. An average annual pollen index of 22.66 % was recorded in March, despite differences from year to year. The highest pollen variability of 34 taxa was recorded in April and May. Predominant pollen types belonged to Cupressaceae/Taxaceae (42.73 %), Quercus (15.95 %), Pinus (9.78 %), Olea europaea (9.04 %), Poaceae (5.50 %), Betula (1.82 %), Pistacia (1.74 %), Morus (1.72 %), Urticaceae (1.46 %), and Plantago (1.28 %) and generated 91.03 % of the annual total. In total, 32.59 % of the mean annual total pollen index was recorded in the morning, and less pollen was recorded in the evening (18.71 %). Maximum pollen concentration was recorded between 11:00 and 12:00 a.m.
    Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 04/2015; 187(4):4384. DOI:10.1007/s10661-015-4384-y
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    ABSTRACT: Aflatoxins (AFs) are hepatogenic, teratogenic, imunosuppressive, and carcinogenic fungal metabolites found in feeds, nuts, wine-grapes, spices, and other grain crops. Humans are exposed to AFs via consumption of mycotoxin-contaminated foods. This study aimed to determine the prevalence of AF contamination in powdered red peppers sold in Sanliurfa. A total of 42 samples were randomly collected from retail shops, supermarkets, open bazaars, and apiaries and examined for the occurrence and levels of AFB1, AFB2, AFG1, and AFG2 toxins. AFs were determined by using an HPLC system after pre-separation utilizing immunoaffinity columns. AFs levels were below 2.5 μg/kg in 16 samples, between 2.5 and 10 μg/kg in 13 samples while 13 samples had AFs higher than the tolerable limit (10 μg/kg) according to the regulations of Turkish Food Codex and European Commission. The occurrence of AF fractions during powdered red pepper processing steps was also evaluated. According to the results obtained in this study, it was found that the highest AF accumulations in powdered red peppers start during perspiration and final drying of the products processed on soil contacted surfaces while there was no limit exceeding aflatoxin contamination in the samples produced on concrete surfaces.
    Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 04/2015; 187(4):4402. DOI:10.1007/s10661-015-4402-0