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Using an Ecosystem Approach to complement protection schemes based on organism-level endpoints.
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PMID:  24929504     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Radiation protection goals for ecological resources are focussed on ecological structures and functions at population-, community-, and ecosystem-levels. The current approach to radiation safety for non-human biota relies on organism-level endpoints, and as such is not aligned with the stated overarching protection goals of international agencies. Exposure to stressors can trigger non-linear changes in ecosystem structure and function that cannot be predicted from effects on individual organisms. From the ecological sciences, we know that important interactive dynamics related to such emergent properties determine the flows of goods and services in ecological systems that human societies rely upon. A previous Task Group of the IUR (International Union of Radioecology) has presented the rationale for adding an Ecosystem Approach to the suite of tools available to manage radiation safety. In this paper, we summarize the arguments for an Ecosystem Approach and identify next steps and challenges ahead pertaining to developing and implementing a practical Ecosystem Approach to complement organism-level endpoints currently used in radiation safety.
Clare Bradshaw; Lawrence Kapustka; Lawrence Barnthouse; Justin Brown; Philippe Ciffroy; Valery Forbes; Stanislav Geras'kin; Ulrik Kautsky; François Bréchignac
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-6-11
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of environmental radioactivity     Volume:  136C     ISSN:  1879-1700     ISO Abbreviation:  J Environ Radioact     Publication Date:  2014 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-6-15     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8508119     Medline TA:  J Environ Radioact     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  98-104     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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