The Environmental Expert.com published an article recently about the development of a tool to help standardise risk assessment procedures for pesticides across Europe. The software combines climate, soil and crops data specific to each location to help understand the potential impact of each pesticide used.
The objective of the FOOTPRINT project is to develop a set of 3 computer tools that will allow users to:
– identify the dominant pathways and sources of pesticide contamination in the agricultural landscape.
– estimate levels of pesticide concentrations in surface water and groundwater.
– make scientifically-based assessments of how the implementation of risk reduction strategies is likely to reduce pesticide contamination of water resources.
To find out more about the project visit http://www.eu-footprint.org/ataglance.html
To access the FOOTPRINT software, visit: www.eu-footprint.org/FOOT_tools.htmlAuthor : Helen Dunnett