WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., Dec. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- RIFM, through its sponsorship of Roskilde University's Population Workshop (RUC 09), is pleased to announce the resulting paper, Integrating population modeling into ecological risk assessment. Valerie E. Forbes et al, published in Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management (IEAM) is one of the 5 most downloaded articles of this journal according to Wiley-Blackwell and SETAC, publishers, http://www.setacjournals.org/view/0/index.html?. IEAM is a journal of the Society of Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry (SETAC). The article appears in vol. 6, January 2010, pp 191-193 in the Learned Discourses section and is available to download from the journal site at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ieam.v6:1/issuetoc. Dr. Daniel T. Salvito, RIFM Vice President of Environmental Science, is one of the co-authors. The European Centre for Ecotoxicology and Toxicology of Organic Chemicals (ECETOC) also provided funding for the Roskilde workshop.
This paper is a summary of the outcomes of Roskilde University workshop emphasizing the importance and value of population modeling in the development of relevant ecological risk assessment. For chemicals where traditional deterministic risk assessments do not adequately address ecological impacts, this approach will:
- reduce uncertainty in the extrapolation of standard test results to ecologically relevant impacts;
- identify high-risk scenarios for which testing efforts can be prioritized;
- provide the kind of outputs that are essential for choosing among management alternatives and facilitating cost-benefit assessments;
- reduce the use of animal testing in a more ecologically sound manner than relying on in vitro or QSAR methods.
A full report of the Roskilde University Population Workshop RUC 09 was accepted for publication by the journal Human and Ecological Risk Assessment.
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