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Title: A review of available information sources for assessing the hazards and risks of chemical substances in the environment. Final report : recommendations for the acquistion of certain sources of environmental data
Author: National Rivers Authority Thames Region
Document Type: Monograph
Abstract:
The NRA has a requirement for environmental data to support certain operational activities, such as consent setting, catchment planning and managing pollution incidents. One of the roles of the Environmental Toxicology Unit of the National Centre for Toxic and Persistent Substances (TAPS) is to advise operational staff throughout the regions on the environmental hazard/risk of chemical substances. In order to do this effectively, access is required to quality assessed environmental data. The aim of this review was therefore to identify and critically assess information sources in computer and text format, that primarily provide data relating to substance identification, ecotoxicity and fate/behaviour in the environment. Trials were conducted on numeric and text databases available in CD-ROM/diskette format or through connection to on-line hosts via telecommunication networks, to assess available systems for usefulness and value for money. On the basis of these exercises certain CD-ROM/diskette products as well as various text books have been acquired. In addition, recommendations have been made for the acquisition of certain other data sources and for access to on-line database hosts via connection to telecommunication networks such as BT or the Internet.
Publisher: National Rivers Authority
Publication Date: 1996
Publication Place: Reading
Subject Keywords: Dangerous substancesData managementDatabasesEcotoxicologyEnvironmental managementInformation managementInformation systems
Extent: 63
Permalink: http://www.environmentdata.org/archive/ealit:3013
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