Environmental Monitoring and Assessment

, Volume 34, Issue 2, pp 121–125 | Cite as

Retrospective monitoring and inventory of soil contamination in relation to systematic monitoring

  • Eliška Podlešáková
  • Jan Němeček


Retrospective monitoring of soil contamination has been performed in the Czech Republic. This kind of monitoring is based on the comparison of the heavy metals content in soil samples taken during a systematic soil survey (1960–1970) and in samples taken at the present time. The anticipated high degree of soil pollution in the Czech Republic has not been proved. Most of the contaminated soils were found to be loaded just 20–35 years ago. Retrospective monitoring is considered to be an accelerating tool for determining the strategy of the systematic monitoring of soil contamination. This procedure stimulated the development of the multi-step system of soil loading limits.


Heavy Metal Soil Sample Environmental Management Czech Republic Systematic Monitoring 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Eliška Podlešáková
    • 1
  • Jan Němeček
    • 2
  1. 1.Research Institute for Soil and Water ConservationPragueCzech Republic
  2. 2.Department of Pedology and GeologyAgricultural UniversityPragueCzech Republic

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