Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management (Integrated Environ Assess Manag)

Publisher: SETAC (Society), Wiley

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The second, peer-reviewed, international journal from SETAC. IEAM will be available online and in print and is devoted to bringing together scientifc research and the use of science in decision-making, regulation, and environmental management.

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Website Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management website
Other titles Integrated environmental assessment and management, IEAM
ISSN 1551-3793
OCLC 55964374
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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Publications in this journal

  • Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 07/2015; 11(3):515-6. DOI:10.1002/ieam.1648
  • Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 07/2015; 11(3):343-4. DOI:10.1002/ieam.1654
  • Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 07/2015; 11(3):518-9. DOI:10.1002/ieam.1652
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    ABSTRACT: Businesses may be missing opportunities to account for ecosystem services in their decisions because they do not have methods to quantify and value ecosystem services. We developed a method to quantify and value coastal protection and other ecosystem services in the context of a cost-benefit analysis of hurricane risk mitigation options for a business. We first analyze linked biophysical and economic models to examine the potential protection provided by marshes. We then applied this method to The Dow Chemical Company's Freeport, TX facility to evaluate natural (marshes), built (levee), and hybrid (marshes and a levee designed for marshes) defenses against a 100-year hurricane. Model analysis shows that future sea-level rise decreases marsh area, increases flood heights, and increases the required levee height (12%) and cost (8%). In this context, marshes do not provide sufficient protection to the facility located 12 km inland to warrant a change in levee design for a 100-year hurricane. Marshes do provide some protection near shore and under smaller storm conditions, which may help maintain the coastline and levee performance in the face of sea-level rise. In sum, the net present value to the business of built defenses [$217 million (2010 USD)] is greater than natural defenses [$15 million (2010 USD)] and similar to the hybrid defense scenario [$229 million (2010 USD)]. Examination of a sample of public benefits from the marshes shows they provide at least $117 million (2010 USD) in coastal protection, recreational value, and carbon sequestration to the public, while supporting 12 fisheries and >300 wildlife species. This study provides information where natural defenses may be effective and a replicable approach that businesses can use to incorporate private, as well as public, ecosystem service values into hurricane risk management at other sites. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
    Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 06/2015; DOI:10.1002/ieam.1678
  • Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 06/2015; DOI:10.1002/ieam.1647
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    ABSTRACT: Standard risk assessment of plant protection products (PPP) combines 'worst-case' exposure scenarios with effect thresholds using assessment (safety) factors to account for uncertainties. If needed, risks can be addressed applying more realistic conditions at higher tiers, which refine exposure and/or effect assessments using additional data. However, it is not possible to investigate the wide range of potential scenarios experimentally. In contrast, ecotoxicological mechanistic effect models do allow addressing a multitude of scenarios. Furthermore, they may aid the interpretation of experiments such as mesocosm studies, allowing extrapolation to conditions not covered in experiments. Here we explore how to use mechanistic effect models in the aquatic risk assessment of a model insecticide (Modelmethrin), applied several times per season, but rapidly dissipating between applications. The case study focuses on potential effects on aquatic arthropods, the most sensitive group for this substance. The models provide information on the impact of a number of short exposure pulses on sensitive/vulnerable populations and, when impacted, assess recovery. The species to model were selected based on their sensitivity as in laboratory and field (mesocosm) studies. The 'GUTS' model, which describes the toxicokinetics and toxicodynamics of chemicals in individuals, was linked to three >individual >based >models (IBM), translating individual survival of sensitive organisms into population level effects. The impact of pulsed insecticide exposures on populations were modeled using the spatially explicit IBM 'MASTEP' for Gammarus pulex, the Chaoborus IBM for populations of Chaoborus crystallinus and the 'IdamP' model for populations of Daphnia magna. The different models were able to predict the potential effects of Modelmethrin applications to key arthropod species inhabiting different aquatic ecosystems; the most sensitive species were significantly impacted unless respective mitigation measures were implemented (buffer zones resulting in reduced exposure). As expected the impact was stronger in shallow ditches as compared to deeper pond scenarios. Furthermore, as expected, recovery depended on factors such as temperature (affecting population growth rate and number of generations) and the frequency of non-impacted systems, respectively the connectivity of aquatic ecosystems. These model predictions were largely in line with field observations and/or the results of a mesocosm study, providing additional evidence on the suitability and reliability of the models for risk assessment purposes. Due to their flexibility, models may predict the likelihood of unacceptable effects - based on previously defined protection goals - for a range of insecticide exposure scenarios and freshwater habitats. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
    Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 06/2015; DOI:10.1002/ieam.1676
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    ABSTRACT: Global declines of bumble bees and other pollinator populations are of concern because of their critical role for crop production and maintenance of wild plant biodiversity. Although the consensus among scientists is that the interaction of many factors, including habitat loss, forage scarcity, diseases, parasites, and pesticides potentially plays a role in causing these declines, pesticides have received considerable public attention and scrutiny. In response, regulatory agencies have introduced more stringent pollinator testing requirements for registration and re-registration of pesticides, to ensure the risks to pollinators are minimized. In this context, guidelines for testing bumble bees (Bombus spp.) in regulatory studies are not yet available and there is a pressing need to develop suitable protocols for routine higher tier studies with these non-Apis, social bees. To meet this need, Bayer CropScience LP, Syngenta Crop Protection LLC US, and Valent U.S.A. Corporation organized a workshop bringing together a group of global experts on bumble bee behavior, ecology and ecotoxicology to discuss and develop draft protocols for both semi-field (Tier II) and field (Tier III) studies. The workshop was held May 8-9, 2014 at the Bayer Bee Care Center, North Carolina. The participants represented academic, consulting, and industry scientists from Europe, Canada, USA, and Brazil. The workshop identified a clear protection goal and generated proposals for basic experimental designs, relevant measurements and endpoints for both semi-field (tunnel) and field tests. These initial recommendations are intended to form the basis of discussions to help advance the development of appropriate protocol guidelines. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
    Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 06/2015; DOI:10.1002/ieam.1675
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    ABSTRACT: Ecological risk assessment as currently practiced has hindered consideration of ecosystem services endpoints and restoration goals in the environmental management process. Practitioners have created barriers between procedures to clean up contaminated areas and efforts to restore ecosystem functions. In this paper we examine linkages between contaminant risk assessment approaches and restoration efforts with the aim of identifying ways to improve environmental outcomes. We advocate that project managers and other stakeholders use an ecological planning framework, with restoration options included upfront in the risk assessment. We also considered the opportunities to incorporate ecosystem services as potential assessment endpoints in the Problem Formulation stages of a risk assessment. Indeed diverse perspectives of stakeholders are central to understand the relevance of social, cultural, economic, and regional ecology as influences on future use options for the landscape being restored. The measurement endpoints used to characterize the existing ecological conditions for selected ecosystem services can also be used to evaluate restoration success. A regional/landscape/seascape focus is needed throughout the risk assessment process so that restoration efforts play a more prominent role in enhancing ecosystem services. In short, we suggest that practitioners begin with the question of "how can the ecological risk assessment inform the decision on how best to restore the ecosystem?" This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
    Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 06/2015; DOI:10.1002/ieam.1673
  • Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 06/2015; DOI:10.1002/ieam.1645
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    ABSTRACT: Catastrophic events require rapid, scientifically sound decision-making to mitigate impacts on human welfareandthe environment. The objective of this study was to analyze potential impacts of coal-ash-derived trace elements on agriculture following a 35,000-tonne release of coal ash into the Dan River at the Duke Energy Steam Station in Eden, NC. We performed scenario calculations to assess the potential for excessive trace-element loading to soils via irrigation and flooding with Dan River water, uptake of trace elements by crops, and livestock consumption of trace elements via drinking water. Concentrations of 13 trace elements measured in Dan River water samples within 4 kilometers of the release site declined sharply after the release and were equivalent within 5 days to measurements taken upriver. Mass-balance calculations based on estimates of soil trace-element concentrations and the nominal river-water concentrations indicated that irrigation or flooding with 25 cm of Dan River water would increase soil concentrations of all trace elements by less than 0.5%. Calculations of potential increases of trace elements in corn grain and silage, fescue, and tobacco leaves suggested that As, Cr, Se, Sr, and V were elements of most concern. Concentrations of trace elements measured in river water following the ash release never exceeded adopted standards for livestock drinking water. Based on our analyses, we present guidelines for safe usage of Dan River water to diminish negative impacts of trace elements on soils and crop production. In general, the approach we describe here may serve as a basis for rapid assessment of environmental and agricultural risks associated with any similar types of releases that arise in the future. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
    Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 06/2015; DOI:10.1002/ieam.1669
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    ABSTRACT: Population growth, urbanization, pollution and climate change pose urgent water challenges in cities. In this study the sustainability of integrated water resources management in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) was evaluated using the City Blueprint approach. The City Blueprint is a set of 24 dedicated indicators divided over 8 categories, i.e., water security, water quality, drinking water, sanitation, infrastructure, climate robustness, biodiversity and attractiveness and governance including public participation. The analysis showed that the rapid increase of water use for urban, industrial and agricultural activities in HCMC has resulted in depletion of groundwater and severe pollution of both groundwater and surface water. Surface water quality, groundwater quality, biodiversity, and the sanitation of domestic and industrial waste water are matters that need serious improvement. Current and future water supply in HCMC is at risk. HCMC can cope with it, but the seven governance gaps as described by the OECD are major obstacles for HCMC. Rainwater harvesting, pollution reduction, as well as wastewater reuse are among the practical options. Wastewater reuse could lower the water stress index to 10%. The window to do this is narrow and rapidly closing as a result of the unprecedented urbanization and economic growth of this region. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
    Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 05/2015; DOI:10.1002/ieam.1664
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    ABSTRACT: REACH requires that environmental exposure assessments be performed for all uses of dangerous substances that are marketed in the European Union in quantities above 10 tons per year. The quantification of emissions to the environment is a key step in this process. This publication is the first to describe the derivation of release factors and guidance for estimating use rates for quantifying the emissions from the manufacturing and application of adhesives and sealants. Release factors available for coatings/paints are read across to adhesives/sealants based on similarities between these two product groups with regard to chemical composition and to processing during manufacturing and application. The granular emission scenarios in these documents are mapped to the broad emission scenarios for adhesives/sealants. According to the mapping the worst-case release factor for coatings/paints are identified and assigned to the adhesives/sealants scenarios. The resulting 10 SPERCs for adhesives/sealants are defined by differentiating between solvent and non-solvent ingredients on one hand, and between water-borne and solvent-borne / solvent-free products on the other. These cover the vast majority of the production processes and uses and are more realistic than the five relevant emission estimation defaults provided in the REACH guidance. They are accompanied with adhesive/sealant consumption rates in the EU and with guidance for estimating conservative substance use rates at a generic level. The approach of combining conservative SPERC release factors with conservative estimates of substance rates is likely to yield emission estimates that tend to over-predict actual releases. Since this qualifies this approach for use in lower-tier environmental exposure assessment, the FEICA SPERCs are available in several exposure assessment tools that are used under REACH. Given the limited regional variation in the manufacturing and use processes of adhesives/sealants, the SPERCs may be applicable for emission estimation not only in the EU, but also in other regions. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
    Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 05/2015; DOI:10.1002/ieam.1662
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    ABSTRACT: A probabilistic risk assessment was conducted to characterize risks to a representative piscivorous mammal (mink, Mustela vison) and a representative carnivorous mammal (short-tailed shrew, Blarina brevicauda) exposed to PCBs, dioxins and furans in the Housatonic River area downstream of the General Electric (GE) facility in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Contaminant exposure was estimated using a probabilistic total daily intake model, and parameterized using life history information of each species and concentrations of PCBs, dioxins and furans in prey collected in the Housatonic River study area. The effects assessment preferentially relied on dose-response curves, but defaulted to benchmarks or other estimates of effect when there were insufficient toxicity data. The risk characterization used a weight of evidence approach. Up to three lines of evidence were used to estimate risks to the selected mammal species: (1) probabilistic exposure and effects modeling, (2) field surveys, and (3) species-specific feeding or field studies. The weight of evidence assessment indicated a high risk for mink and an intermediate risk for short-tailed shrew. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
    Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 05/2015; DOI:10.1002/ieam.1661
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    ABSTRACT: Risk assessments and risk management efforts to protect human health and the environment can benefit from early, coordinated research planning by researchers, risk assessors, and risk managers. However, approaches for engaging these and other stakeholders in research planning have not received much attention in the environmental scientific literature. The Comprehensive Environmental Assessment (CEA) approach under development by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) is a means to manage complex information and input from diverse stakeholder perspectives on research planning that will ultimately support environmental and human health decision-making. The objectives of this paper are to: 1) describe the outcomes of applying lessons learned from previous CEA applications to planning research on an engineered nanomaterial, multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs), and 2) discuss new insights and refinements for future efforts to engage stakeholders in research planning for risk assessment and risk management of environmental issues. Although framed in terms of MWCNTs, this discussion is intended to enhance research planning to support assessments for other environmental issues as well. Key insights for research planning include the potential benefits of: 1) ensuring participants have research, risk assessment, and risk management expertise in addition to diverse disciplinary backgrounds, 2) including an early scoping step prior to rounds of formal ratings, 3) using a familiar numeric scale (e.g., U.S. dollars) versus ordinal rating scales of "importance," 4) applying virtual communication tools to supplement face-to-face interaction between participants, and 5) refining criteria to guide development of specific, actionable research questions. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
    Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 05/2015; DOI:10.1002/ieam.1663