Journal of Environmental Management Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Elsevier

Journal description

The Journal of Environmental Management publishes papers on all aspects of management and use of the environment, both natural and man-made. As governments and the general public become more keenly aware of the critical issues arising from man's use of his environment, the journal aims to provide a forum for the discussion of environmental problems around the world and for the presentation of management results. It is aimed not only at the environmental manager, but at everyone concerned with the wise use of environmental resources. The journal tries particularly to publish examples of the use of modern mathematical and computer techniques and encourages contributions from the developing countries in the Third World.

Current impact factor: 3.19

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2013 / 2014 Impact Factor 3.188
2012 Impact Factor 3.057
2011 Impact Factor 3.245
2010 Impact Factor 2.596
2009 Impact Factor 2.367
2008 Impact Factor 1.794
2007 Impact Factor 1.446
2006 Impact Factor 1.477
2005 Impact Factor 1.163
2004 Impact Factor 0.78
2003 Impact Factor 0.624
2002 Impact Factor 0.627
2001 Impact Factor 0.672
2000 Impact Factor 0.61
1999 Impact Factor 0.488
1998 Impact Factor 0.583
1997 Impact Factor 0.348
1996 Impact Factor 0.481
1995 Impact Factor 0.37
1994 Impact Factor 0.354
1993 Impact Factor 0.361
1992 Impact Factor 0.362

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 3.55
Cited half-life 4.50
Immediacy index 0.42
Eigenfactor 0.03
Article influence 0.98
Website Journal of Environmental Management website
Other titles Journal of environmental management (Online), Journal of environmental management
ISSN 1095-8630
OCLC 36943613
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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    • Publisher last contacted on 18/10/2013
  • Classification
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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Methane emission is an important tool in the evaluation of manure management systems due to the potential impact it has on global climate change. Field procedures used for estimating methane emission rates require expensive equipment, are time consuming, and highly variable between farms. The purpose of this paper is to report a simple laboratory procedure for estimating methane emission from stored manure. The test developed was termed a methane production rate (MPR) assay as it provides a short-term biogas production measurement. The MPR assay incubation time is short (3d), requires no sample preparation in terms of inoculation or dilution of manure, is incubated at room temperature, and the manure is kept stationary. These conditions allow for high throughput of samples and were chosen to replicate the conditions within deep-pit manure storages. In brief, an unaltered aliquot of manure was incubated at room temperature for a three-days to assay the current rate of methane being generated by the manure. The results from this assay predict an average methane emission factor of 12.2 ± 8.1 kg CH4 head(-1) yr(-1) per year, or about 5.5 ± 3.7 kg CH4 per finished animal, both of which compare well to literature values of 5.5 ± 1.1 kg CH4 per finished pig for deep-pit systems (Liu et al., 2013). The average methane flux across all sites and months was estimated to be 22 ± 17 mg CH4 m(-2)-min(-1), which is within literature values for deep-pit systems ranging from 0.24 to 63 mg CH4 m(-2)-min(-1) (Park et al., 2006) and similar to the 15 mg CH4 m(-2)-min(-1) estimated by (Zahn et al., 2001). Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Journal of Environmental Management 08/2015; 159. DOI:10.1016/j.jenvman.2015.05.003
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    ABSTRACT: A few studies have focused on release of valuable/toxic metals from Pb/Zn smelting slag by heterotrophic bioleaching using expensive yeast extract as an energy source. The high leaching cost greatly limits the practical potential of the method. In this work, autotrophic bioleaching using cheap sulfur or/and pyrite as energy matter was firstly applied to tackle the smelting slag and the bioleaching mechanisms were explained. The results indicated autotrophic bioleaching can solubilize valuable/toxic metals from slag, yielding maximum extraction efficiencies of 90% for Zn, 86% for Cd and 71% for In, although the extraction efficiencies of Pb, As and Ag were poor. The bioleaching performance of Zn, Cd and Pb was independent of leaching system, and leaching mechanism was acid dissolution. A maximum efficiency of 25% for As was achieved by acid dissolution in sulfursulfur oxidizing bacteria (S-SOB), but the formation of FeAsO4 reduced extraction efficiency in mixed energy source - mixed culture (MS-MC). Combined works of acid dissolution and Fe(3+) oxidation in MS-MC was responsible for the highest extraction efficiency of 71% for In. Ag was present in the slag as refractory AgPb4(AsO4)3 and AgFe2S3, so extraction did not occur. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
    Journal of Environmental Management 08/2015; 159. DOI:10.1016/j.jenvman.2015.05.013
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    ABSTRACT: The photocatalytic degradation of sulfanethazine (SMT), one of the sulfonamide antibiotics, in aqueous solution by TiO2 was investigated. The time courses of SMT concentration, the amount of non-purgeable organic carbon, and the concentrations of ions such as SO4(2-), NH4(+), and NO3(-) formed during the photocatalytic reaction were measured and the structures of seven intermediates formed with the disappearance of SMT were also estimated by LC/MS/MS analyses. In addition to that of SMT, the decomposition behaviors of model compounds sulfanilic acid (SA) and 4-amino-2, 6-dimethylpyrimidine (ADMP) were investigated using the TiO2/UV system. The observed photocatalytic degradation behaviors of SMT, SA, and ADMP gave new insight into the degradation pathway of SMT. Especially, the formation of p-aminophenol during SMT decomposition, which until now has not been reported in previous studies concerning the photocatalytic decomposition of SMT and other sulfonamide antibiotics. These results indicate the existence of a novel photocatalytic degradation pathway for sulfonamides. The direct substitution of the sulfonamide group with a hydroxyl group is suggested. Copyright © 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.. All rights reserved.
    Journal of Environmental Management 07/2015; 157. DOI:10.1016/j.jenvman.2015.04.002
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    ABSTRACT: Many scholars point out that in complex and contested decision-making and planning situations, participatory processes have clear advantages over "traditional" or non-participatory processes. Improving our understanding of which participatory process elements or combination of elements contribute to specific outcomes demands a comparative diagnosis of multiple case studies based on a systematic framework. This paper describes the theoretical foundation and application of a diagnostic framework developed for the description and comparative analysis of participatory processes. The framework for the Comparison of Participatory Processes (COPP) is composed of three dimensions: context, process, and outputs outcomes and impacts. For each dimension, a list of variables is provided, with associated selectable options. The framework also requires clarification of three monitoring and evaluation elements. The COPP framework is then applied to five participatory processes across five different contexts: three located in the Mekong basin in Southeast Asia and two in eastern Africa. The goal is to test first if the framework facilitates the development of a comprehensive and clear description of participatory processes, and second, if a diagnostic step can be facilitated by applying the descriptions in a cross-comparative analysis. The paper concludes that despite a few challenges, the COPP framework is sufficiently generic to derive clear and consistent descriptions. A sample of only five case studies restricts the derivation of robust insights. Nevertheless, three testable hypothesis were derived, which would need to be tested with a much larger sample of case studies in order to substantiate the efficacy of process characteristics and attributes. Ultimately, such hypotheses and subsequent analytical efforts would contribute to the advancement of this increasingly prominent research domain. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Journal of Environmental Management 07/2015; 157(1):84–95. DOI:10.1016/j.jenvman.2015.04.012
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    ABSTRACT: A surface modification method was carried out to enhance the light crude oil sorption capacity of polyurethane foam (PUF) through immobilization of multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) on the foam surface at various concentrations. The developed sorbent was characterized using scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, and tensile elongation test. The results obtained from thermogravimetric and tensile elongation tests showed the improvement of thermal and mechanical resistance of surface-modified foam. The experimental data also revealed that the immobilization of MWCNT on PUF surface enhanced the sorption capacity of light crude oil and reduced water sorption. The highest oil removal capacity was obtained for 1 wt% MWCNT on PUF surface which was 21.44% enhancement in light crude oil sorption compared to the blank PUF. The reusability of surface modified PUF was determined through four cycles of chemical regeneration using petroleum ether. The adsorption of light crude oil with 30 g initial mass showed that 85.45% of the initial oil sorption capacity of this modified sorbent was remained after four regeneration cycles. Equilibrium isotherms for adsorption of oil were analyzed by the Freundlich, Langmuir, Temkin, and Redlich-Peterson models through linear and non-linear regression methods. Results of equilibrium revealed that Langmuir isotherm is the best fitting model and non-linear method is a more accurate way to predict the parameters involved in the isotherms. The overall findings suggested the promising potentials of the developed sorbent in order to be efficiently used in large-scale oil spill cleanup. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Journal of Environmental Management 07/2015; 157. DOI:10.1016/j.jenvman.2015.04.030
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    ABSTRACT: The effect of thermal pre-treatment on sludge anaerobic digestion (AD) efficiency was studied at different total solids (TS) concentrations (20.0, 30.0 and 40.0 g TS/L) and digestion times (0, 5, 10, 15, 20 and 30 days) for primary, secondary and mixed wastewater sludge. Moreover, sludge pre-treatment, AD and disposal processes were evaluated based on a mass-energy balance and corresponding greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Mass balance revealed that the least quantity of digestate was generated by thermal pre-treated secondary sludge at 30.0 g TS/L. The net energy (energy output-energy input) and energy ratio (energy output/energy input) for thermal pre-treated sludge was greater than control in all cases. The reduced GHG emissions of 73.8 × 10(-3) g CO2/g of total dry solids were observed for the thermal pre-treated secondary sludge at 30.0 g TS/L. Thermal pre-treatment of sludge is energetically beneficial and required less retention time compared to control. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Journal of Environmental Management 07/2015; 157. DOI:10.1016/j.jenvman.2015.04.023
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    ABSTRACT: Bamboo forests provide important ecosystem services and play an important role in terrestrial carbon cycling. Of the approximately 500 bamboo species in China, Moso bamboo (Phyllostachys pubescens) is the most important one in terms of distribution, timber value, and other economic values. In this study, we estimated current and potential carbon stocks in China's Moso bamboo forests and in their products. The results showed that Moso bamboo forests in China stored about 611.15 ± 142.31 Tg C, 75% of which was in the top 60 cm soil, 22% in the biomass of Moso bamboos, and 3% in the ground layer (i.e., bamboo litter, shrub, and herb layers). Moso bamboo products store 10.19 ± 2.54 Tg C per year. The potential carbon stocks reach 1331.4 ± 325.1 Tg C, while the potential C stored in products is 29.22 ± 7.31 Tg C a(-1). Our results indicate that Moso bamboo forests and products play a critical role in C sequestration. The information gained in this study will facilitate policy decisions concerning carbon sequestration and management of Moso bamboo forests in China. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Journal of Environmental Management 06/2015; 156. DOI:10.1016/j.jenvman.2015.03.030
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    ABSTRACT: New carbonaceous materials were obtained using a fast aqueous solution combustion process from mixtures of exhausted coffee, ammonium nitrate (oxidizer) and urea (fuel) heated at 600, 700, 800 or 900 °C. The resulting powders were effective adsorbents for removing Co(II) and Cd(II) from aqueous solutions. Exhausted coffee was also calcined at different temperatures and compared. The products were characterized, and the obtained carbons had BET specific surface areas of 114.27-390.85 m(2)/g and pore diameters of 4.19 to 2.44 nm when the temperature was increased from 600 to 800 °C. Cobalt and cadmium adsorption by the carbonaceous materials was correlated with the maximum adsorption capacities and specific surface areas of the materials. The method reported here is advantageous because it only required 5 min of reaction to improve the textural properties of carbon obtained from exhausted coffee, which play an important role in the material's cobalt and cadmium adsorption capacities. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Journal of Environmental Management 06/2015; 156. DOI:10.1016/j.jenvman.2015.03.013
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    ABSTRACT: The denitrification of polluted water was studied by using supported E-coli bacteria. The physicochemical characteristics of supports and the influence of these properties on the bacteria performance were analyzed. Inorganic supports oxides and zeolites were selected in order to cover a wide range of porosity and surface chemical properties and the denitrification process systematically studied. Consecutive denitrification cycles in batch experiments and the toxicity of supports were also analyzed. The acidity of supports provokes a slower reduction processes, favoring also a high concentration of intermediate nitrites in solution for longer periods. The [Formula: see text] reduction is faster than the [Formula: see text] one, being also less influenced by the support characteristics. Anyway, the total denitrification is reached in all cases. The best performance was obtained with bacteria supported on mesoporous and non-acid silica support. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Journal of Environmental Management 06/2015; 156. DOI:10.1016/j.jenvman.2015.03.031
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    ABSTRACT: A common way of quantifying and communicating climate vulnerability is to calculate composite indices from indicators, visualizing these as maps. Inherent methodological uncertainties in vulnerability assessments, however, require greater attention. This study examines Swedish agricultural vulnerability to climate change, the aim being to review various indicator approaches for assessing agricultural vulnerability to climate change and to evaluate differences in climate vulnerability depending on the weighting and summarizing methods. The reviewed methods are evaluated by being tested at the municipal level. Three weighting and summarizing methods, representative of climate vulnerability indices in general, are analysed. The results indicate that 34 of 36 method combinations differ significantly from each other. We argue that representing agricultural vulnerability in a single composite index might be insufficient to guide climate adaptation. We emphasize the need for further research into how to measure and visualize agricultural vulnerability and into how to communicate uncertainties in both data and methods. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Journal of Environmental Management 06/2015; 156. DOI:10.1016/j.jenvman.2015.03.020
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    ABSTRACT: Recycling wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) effluent at low cost via the soil aquifer treatment (SAT), which has been considered as a renewable approach in regenerating potable and non-potable water, is welcome in arid and semi-arid regions throughout the world. In this study, the effect of a coal slag additive on the bulk removal of the dissolved organic matter (DOM) in WWTP effluent during SAT operation was explored via the matrix configurations of both coal slag layer and natural soil layer. Azide inhibition and XAD-resins fractionation experiments indicated that the appropriate configuration designing of an upper soil layer (25 cm) and a mixture of soil/coal slag underneath would enhance the removal efficiency of adsorption and anaerobic biodegradation to the same level as that of aerobic biodegradation (31.7% vs 32.2%), while it was only 29.4% compared with the aerobic biodegradation during traditional 50 cm soil column operation. The added coal slag would preferentially adsorb the hydrophobic DOM, and those adsorbed organics could be partially biodegraded by the biomass within the SAT systems. Compared with the relatively lower dissolved organic carbon (DOC), ultraviolet light adsorption at 254 nm (UV-254) and trihalomethane formation potential (THMFP) removal rate of the original soil column (42.0%, 32.9%, and 28.0%, respectively), SSL2 and SSL4 columns would enhance the bulk removal efficiency to more than 60%. Moreover, a coal slag additive in the SAT columns could decline the aromatic components (fulvic-like organics and tryptophan-like proteins) significantly. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Journal of Environmental Management 06/2015; 156. DOI:10.1016/j.jenvman.2015.03.049
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    ABSTRACT: The study investigates treatment and reuse potential of domestic wastewater of a small community of about 30 people sequentially by anaerobic pretreatment followed by horizontal (HSSF-CW) and vertical (VSSF-CW) sub-surface flow constructed wetlands operated in series. The organic and suspended solids load to the hybrid wetland system was decreased by anaerobic pretreatment. HSSF-CW mainly removed organic matter and supported denitrification whereas VSSF-CW mainly obtained nitrification and phosphorus removal. Recirculation of the effluent increased particularly total nitrogen removal in the wetland system. The study involves evaluation of the whole system in terms of effluent quality. It was achieved on average >95% organic matter and >90% nitrogen removal in the hybrid constructed wetland system with anaerobic pretreatment at a specific wetland surface area of only about 1 m(2) per person. Average mass removal rates were 21.17 gCOD/m(2)day, 5.58 gBOD5/m(2)day, 2.78 gTKN/m(2)day, 1.35 gTN/m(2)day, 0.44 gTP/m(2)day and 5.21 gTSS/m(2)day throughout the total duration of the operation. Consequently, the effluent met the regulations for discharge limits for organic matter and suspended solids. COD and TN concentrations decreased to below 20 mg/L in the effluent. It was also shown that effluent of the system could be reused for irrigation if it is disinfected properly. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Journal of Environmental Management 06/2015; 156. DOI:10.1016/j.jenvman.2015.03.042