Science China Earth Sciences

, Volume 61, Issue 12, pp 1781–1791 | Cite as

Conversion relationships between environmental quality criteria of water/air and soil

  • Yong Teng
  • Qixing ZhouEmail author


The conversion study on the environmental quality criteria between water/air and soil is the need to carry out research on soil-environmental quality standards in an all-round way, and also the demand for solving emerging problems in this field using the system dynamic and the overall view. Carrying out this study is of practical significance and theoretical values in the face of formulation and revision of soil-environmental quality standards in China. Firstly, the theoretical basis and relative models of soil-water and soil-air systems were expounded, respectively. And on this basis, a preliminary conceptual model about the conversion was constructed. After that, the current worldwide environmental quality criteria/standards for soil, water and air media were introduced based on their types, concerned pollutants and hierarchical classification, and their variation were also analyzed briefly. Particularlly, the key points for the conversion of environmental quality criteria between soil and water and/or between soil and air were discussed, respectively, while combined with the relative researching results. Finally, this conversion study was commented and prospected.


Environmental quality criteria Soil-water system Soil-air system Conversion 


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This work was financially supported by the Ministry of Education, People’s Republic of China as a program for the Introducing Talents of Discipline to Universities (Grant No. T2017002) and Special Funds for Basic Scientific Research Services of Central Colleges and Universities.


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  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Pollution Processes and Environmental Criteria (Ministry of Education)/Tianjin Key Laboratory of Environmental Remediation and Pollution Control, College of Environmental Science and EngineeringNankai UniversityTianjinChina

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