Environmental Specimen Banking and Monitoring as Related to Banking

Proceedings of the International Workshop, Saarbruecken, Federal Republic of Germany, 10–15 May, 1982

  • Robert A. Lewis
  • Norbert Stein
  • Carolyn W. Lewis

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Summary of Conclusions and Recommendations

    1. Robert A. Lewis, Norbert Stein, Carolyn W. Lewis
      Pages 1-6
  3. Welcoming Address by Paul Müller

    1. Paul Müller
      Pages 7-7
  4. Welcoming Address by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Knies

  5. Welcoming Address by George M. Goldstein

    1. George M. Goldstein
      Pages 10-12
  6. Opening Address: Task and Possibilities of a Specimen Bank: Ulrich R. Boehringer, Friedrich Schmidt-Bleek

  7. Realization of Specimen Banking

  8. Specimen Selection

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 231-231
    2. Robert A. Lewis
      Pages 133-141
    3. Papers Contributed for Section B

  9. Characterization of Samples and Priorities of Chemicals to be Analyzed

  10. Back Matter
    Pages 353-358

About this book


There is a great dispar.ity between the ability of the major industrial nations to produce and distribute chemicals and our ability to comprehend the nature and potential severity of unintended consequences for man, his life support systems and the environment generally. Furthermore, the gap between our ability to produce and distribute myriad chemicals and our ability to identify, understand or predict unfavorable environmental impacts may widen. As environmental scientists we are conscious of the interrelatedness, not only of environmental systems, but of nations as well. Materials are continually moved across boundaries by human as well as natural agencies. The extent, rate and nature of transfer for most pollutants is largely unknown. We can only guess which of the numerous chemicals produced are candidates for concern. More important still is our practical ignorance of the mechanisms of chronic effects upon natural systems and of the concentrations, combinations and circumstances that may lead to irreversibilities or to serious consequences for man. We know very little also regarding the potential for or the kinds of indirect effects that might occur. With respect to the environmentltself, we know little of its assimilative capacity with regard to widely dispersed pollutants and their transformation products. But what we do know is disquieting, and a much-improved system for the evaluation and management of toxic and hazardous chemicals is needed.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Robert A. Lewis
    • 1
  • Norbert Stein
    • 1
  • Carolyn W. Lewis
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of BiogeographyUniversity of Saarland SaarbrueckenFederal Republic of Germany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1984
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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  • Print ISBN 978-94-009-6767-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-6765-6
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