European soil databases as tool for EU-risk-assessment and decision-making
In the frame of activities of the European Soil Bureau (ESB) several soil databases have been compiled covering the European Union (EU) Member States and bordering countries. These databases will be integrated in the future European Soil Information System (EUSIS) that will allow for scale transfer between different coverages at varying resolution. It will also allow for regional and local environmental risk assessment for chemicals placed on the EU market. Future EU legislation will be directed towards refining generic environments and possibly also on the use of more realistic site specific models to refine local predictions and regional predictions. In this respect, the soil databases available within the ESB can offer a valid tool for calculation of Predicted Environmental Concentrations (PEC) at local level and regional level according to the soil type and soil use (agricultural land, grassland, urban/industrial soil).
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Trends in Analytical Chemistry
Record Number: 199711361 / Last updated on: 1997-10-23
Original language: en
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