Waterborne Partnership with ARERI Helps Chinese Researchers Better Understand Risk Assessment Models for Crop Protection Chemicals
In December 2014, Waterborne Environmental modelers Mark Cheplick and Dazhi Mao were invited by Agricultural Resources and Environmental Research Institute (ARERI) of Guangxi Academy of Agricultural Sciences in China to give a seminar on the development of risk assessment models and scenarios for crop protection chemicals. Chinese research institutes wanted to better understand the use of models in environmental risk assessments, probabilistic risk assessment approaches and model scenarios. Attendees included Chinese researchers and students from various institutes and universities in Guangxi province, China. During the visit, various topics of local interests were discussed, including runoff modeling for intercropping systems, nutrient loss, and heavy metal residues.
After the trip to Guangxi province, Waterborne visited Nanjing Institute of Environmental Sciences in Nanjing, China to discuss groundwater scenario development for the PRAESS (Pesticide Risk Assessment Exposure Simulation Shell) model. The PRAESS integrates several models including PRZM, EXAMS, RICEWQ, and ADAM into a common platform, and is a modeling tool developed specifically for Chinese scenarios.