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Risk Assessment of Organic Chemicals in Europe

Risk Assessment of Organic Chemicals in Europe

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These maps help to determine the spatial distribution of the chemical risk on the continental scale. It is the largest chemical risk assessment to date, covering 4,000 European monitoring sites distributed over 91 European river basins.


Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research-UFZ (Leipzig, Germany) (link)
Institute for Environmental Sciences, University of Koblenz-Landau (Landau, Germany) (link)
National Hydraulics and Environment Laboratory, Research and Development Division, Electricité de France (Chatou, France) (link)
Integrated Assessment and Modelling, Eawag: Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Dübendorf, Switzerland) (link)
Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Continental Environments, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Unité Mixte de Recherche 7360, University of Lorraine (Metz, France) (link)

see also:

Malaj E., von der Ohe P.C., Grote M., Kühne R., Mondy C.P., Usseglio-Polatera P., Brack W. & Schäfer R.B. (2014) Organic chemicals jeopardize the health of freshwater ecosystems on the continental scale. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111, 9549-9554. (link)


Egina Malaj email and Ralf B. Schäfer


Egina Malaj

Department of Effect-Directed Analysis
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research-UFZ
04318 Leipzig, Germany

Ralf B. Schäfer

Institute for Environmental Sciences
University of Koblenz-Landau
76829 Landau, Germany

Related Publications

  • Schüürmann G., Ebert R.-U. & Kühne R. (2011) Quantitative Read-Across for Predicting the Acute Fish Toxicity of Organic Compounds. Environmental Science & Technology, 45, 4616-4622.
  • US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). (2014) ECOTOX User Guide: ECOTOXicology Database System, vs 4.0. Washington, DC. Available at:

base layer references

  • European Environmental Agency (EEA). (2012a) Waterbase - Rivers, vs.12. Available at:
  • European Environmental Agency (EEA). (2012b) Catchments and Rivers Network System (ECRINS) vs 1.1:  Rationales, building and improving for widening uses to Water Accounts and WISE applications. EEA Technical report No 7/2012. Available at:


This work was funded by Electricité de France with financial support from the French National Research Agency (Grant ANR-07-ECOT- 013).

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