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DOI 10.1186/s12302-019-0244-7
Licence creative commons licence
Title (Primary) The RiBaTox web tool: selecting methods to assess and manage the diverse problem of chemical pollution in surface waters
Author Kramer, K.J.M.; Sleeuwaert, F.; Engelen, G.; Müller, C.; Brack, W.; Posthuma, L.
Source Titel Environmental Sciences Europe
Year 2019
Department WANA
Volume 31
Page From art. 68
Language englisch
Abstract Chemical pollution of water bodies is a complex problem around the globe. When described by the extremes of the range of problem definitions, water bodies can be chemically polluted by a single compound that is emitted from a point source or an incidental spill, or by chronic diffuse emissions from local and upstream land uses. The resulting mixture exposures can vary in space and time, e.g. due to the use of pesticides in the crop growing season. The environmental management objectives are commonly to protect and restore surface waters against human influences. Currently, chemical pollution is globally judged for a selected set of compounds, by judging each of these individually in comparison with protective environmental quality standards. Research has provided a novel assessment paradigm (solution-focused risk assessment) and novel data, measurement methods and models to improve on current practices. Their adoption and application require establishing novel linkages between the diverse problem definitions and the novel approaches. That would assist water quality professionals to select the most effective option or options to protect and restore water quality. The present paper introduces the RiBaTox (River Basin Specific Toxicants assessment and management) web tool. It consists of short descriptions of the novel approaches (made available as Additional file 1) and a decision tree for end-users to select those. The overview of novel approaches collated in RiBaTox is relevant for end-users ranging from local water quality experts up till strategic policy developers. Although RiBaTox was developed in the context of European water quality problems, the methods provided by RiBaTox are relevant for users from (inter)national to local scales. This paper is part of a series of Policy Briefs from the EU-FP7 project SOLUTIONS (, which provide backgrounds on chemical pollution of surface waters and policy practices and proposed improvements.
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Kramer, K.J.M., Sleeuwaert, F., Engelen, G., Müller, C., Brack, W., Posthuma, L. (2019):
The RiBaTox web tool: selecting methods to assess and manage the diverse problem of chemical pollution in surface waters
Environ. Sci. Eur. 31 , art. 68 10.1186/s12302-019-0244-7