Contributions to the Theoretical Foundations of Integrated Modeling in Biogeochemistry and Their Application in Contaminated Areas

  • V. Iordache
  • R. Lăcătuşu
  • D. Scrădeanu
  • M. Onete
  • S. Ion
  • I. Cobzaru
  • A. Neagoe
  • F. Bodescu
  • D. Jianu
  • D. Purice
Part of the Soil Biology book series (SOILBIOL, volume 31)


We performed a rational reconstruction of the relationship between biogeochemistry and the study of ecological productive systems. A structural and a functional possibility for building biogeochemical integrated models with optimal complexity have been identified. The conceptual framework was then applied to metals in contaminated areas. Metal mobility results from the interaction (coupling) of environmental entities at a multitude of scales. We classified for the managerial interest the processes involved in metal mobility by their range of scales in “site” specific and “region” specific, and then detailed the processes involving theoretical entities specific to soil science, hydrology, and ecophysiology. In the end, we pointed out some consequences of the coupling between processes of different scales for the risk assessment of contaminated sites.


Soil Column Coupling Mechanism Clonal Plant Environmental Object Metal Mobility 
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This research was done in the Romanian Consortium for the Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements with financing from National University Research Council (CNCSIS) by project 291/2007 MECOTER, from National Center for the Management of Projects (CNMP) by projects 31012/2007 FITORISC, 31043/2007 PECOTOX, 52175/2008 METAGRO, and in the international consortium of the project UMBRELLA, FP7-ENV-2008-1 no. 226870. Special thanks go to the anonymous reviewers for their constructive criticism which improved the quality of the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. Iordache
    • 1
  • R. Lăcătuşu
    • 2
  • D. Scrădeanu
    • 3
  • M. Onete
    • 4
  • S. Ion
    • 5
  • I. Cobzaru
    • 4
  • A. Neagoe
    • 1
  • F. Bodescu
    • 1
  • D. Jianu
    • 6
  • D. Purice
    • 4
  1. 1.Research Centre for Ecological Services (CESEC), Faculty of BiologyUniversity of BucharestBucharestRomania
  2. 2.Research Institute for Soil Science and Agrochemistry (ICPA)BucharestRomania
  3. 3.Laboratory of Hydrogeology, Faculty of Geology and GeophysicsUniversity of BucharestBucharestRomania
  4. 4.Institute of Biology BucharestRomanian AcademyBucharestRomania
  5. 5.Institute of Mathematical Statistics and Applied MathematicsRomanian AcademyBucharestRomania
  6. 6.Lythos Research Center, Faculty of GeologyUniversity of BucharestBucharestRomania

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