Journal of Soils and Sediments

, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 37–42

A guidance for the assessment and evaluation of sediment quality a German Approach based on ecotoxicological and chemical measurements

  • Wolfgang Ahlf
  • Henner Hollert
  • Helga Neumann-Hensel
  • Mathias Ricking
Strategies: Sediment Quality

DOI: 10.1007/BF02991249

Cite this article as:
Ahlf, W., Hollert, H., Neumann-Hensel, H. et al. J Soils & Sediments (2002) 2: 37. doi:10.1007/BF02991249


The recommendations presented in this paper use an integrated hierarchical approach combining toxicological, chemical and ecological information to assess and evaluate the quality of sediments. For this reason, biological methods, in combination with the tools of chemical analysis, are given priority when examining the quality of the sediment to establish adverse effects. The trigger is the biotest, instead of chemical methods commonly used. The individual methods are presented for a German approach and can be adopted to other countries by applying ISO, OECD methods. Support is provided on how to best integrate data generated using different assessment tools. Keywords: Bioassays; biological and chemical analysis; ecotoxicology; integrated assessment; sediment assessment; sediment quality; stepwise strategy

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© Ecomed Publishers 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Wolfgang Ahlf
    • 1
  • Henner Hollert
    • 2
  • Helga Neumann-Hensel
    • 3
  • Mathias Ricking
    • 4
  1. 1.Dept. of Environmental Science and TechnologyTechnical University Hamburg-HarburgHamburgGermany
  2. 2.Dept. of ZoologyUniversity of HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany
  3. 3.Laboratory Dr. Fintelmann & Dr. MeyerHamburgGermany
  4. 4.Dept. of Earth Sciences, Environmental Organic GeochemistryFree University of BerlinBerlinGermany