Research and Education Highlights

Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 21, Issue 9, pp 6263-6267

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The ChimERA project: coupling mechanistic exposure and effect models into an integrated platform for ecological risk assessment

  • F. De LaenderAffiliated withGhenToxLab, Ghent UniversityResearch Unit in Environmental and Evolutionary Biology, University of Namur Email author 
  • , Paul J. van den BrinkAffiliated withAlterra, Wageningen University and Research CentreDepartment of Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality Management, Wageningen University
  • , Colin R. JanssenAffiliated withGhenToxLab, Ghent University
  • , Antonio Di GuardoAffiliated withDepartment of Science and High Technology, University of Insubria

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Current techniques for the ecological risk assessment of chemical substances are often criticised for their lack of environmental realism, ecological relevance and methodological accuracy. ChimERA is a 3-year project (2013–2016), funded by Cefic’s Long Range Initiative (LRI) that aims to address some of these concerns by developing and testing mechanistic fate and effect models, and coupling of these models into one integrated platform for risk assessment. This paper discusses the backdrop against which this project was initiated and lists its objectives and planned methodology.