Special Issue "Soil Pollution and Risk Assessment"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Science and Engineering".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2021.
Interests: risk assessment; soil pollution; bioavailability; fate of pollutants; pollution monitoring
Point and diffuse pollution by potentially toxic elements and/or organic pollutants is one of the major threats to soil’s ecological functions and to human health. Once in soils, pollutants may reach the receptors (terrestrial and aquatic organisms; humans) through volatilization/inhalation, direct ingestion or dermal contact, leaching to groundwater or runoffs to nearby aquatic ecosystems or through the food web, depending on the controlling soil properties and pollutants themselves. Therefore, soil can have direct effects on public health and threats to ecosystems. In this context, a risk assessment analysis is the best available tool to clearly understand the potential adverse effects to receptors and to ecosystems. However, this a flexible tool seeking improvements, particularly refinement methods to reduce uncertainties. Thus, this SI is seeking contributions that focus on:
- Reliable studies that will contribute to filling the knowledge gaps on the ecotoxicity of contaminants of concern (especially organic contaminants);
- New methods and approaches to improve the risk assessment process;
- Innovative environmental exposure methods;
- Selecting specific biomarkers of exposure and effect that could be used as early indicators of stress;
- Chemical methods to assess the availability of organic and inorganic pollutants;
- Linking the chemical availability, bioavailability, and effects of pollutants.
This Special Issue is open to research, case studies, or review papers that will contribute to the advances on the risk assessment process of contaminated soils.
Dr. Anabela Cachada
Dr. Veronica Nogueira
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- exposure assessment
- biomarkers of exposure
- chemical availability