Document Title:

Implications of global climate change for natural resource damage assessment, restoration, and rehabilitation

Roger Helm P. C. Johnson Jason R. Rohr Christopher W. Hickey Alyce Fritz Sandra Brasfield

PUBLICATION DATE: October 24, 2012

(NOTE: Accepted Article. This manuscript has been accepted, but has not been edited or formatted. It will be published at a future date.) Various international and national regulations hold polluters liable for the cleanup of released hazardous substances and the restoration/rehabilitation of natural resources to preincident baseline conditions, a process often referred to as natural resource damage assessment and restoration (NRDAR). Here, the authors describe how global climate change (GCC) will challenge each of the steps of NRDAR processes and offer eight recommendations to improve these processes in light of GCC. First, the authors call for a better understanding of the net effects of GCC and contaminants on natural resources. Second, the authors urge facilities and environmental managers to plan for GCC-related factors that are expected to increase the probability of contaminant releases...

Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

SETAC - Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry


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