New Book of the Week

Front Cover

Title: “Environmental Forensics

From the back of the book: “Environmental Forensics is a combination of analytical and environmental chemistry, which is useful in court room context.  It therefore involves field analytical studies and both data interpretation and modelling, connected with the attribution of pollution events to their causes. 

This is becoming a significant subject in its own right, at least one journal is devoted to the field and a number of degree courses have been introduced.  As a result of the topicality and rapid growth of the subject area, the publication of this book, Environmental Forensics, is the 26th volume in the highly acclaimed RSC Publishing Issues in Environmental Science and Technology series.

This volume contains authoritative articles by a number of the leading practitioners across the globe in the environmental forensics field and aims to cover some of the main techniques and areas to which environmental forensics are being applied.  The content is comprehensive and describes a number of the key areas within the environmental forensics.  Topics covered by the authors include:

  • Source identification issues
  • Microbial techniques
  • Metal contamination and methods of assigning liability
  • The use of isotopes to determine sources and their applications
  • Molecular biological methods
  • Hydrocarbon fingerprinting techniques
  • Oil chemistry and key compound identification
  • The emerging role of environmental forensics in groundwater pollution

Additionally, the volume considers specific pollutants and long-lived pollutants of groundwater such as halocarbons, which have presented particular problems and are thus described in some depth.  Particular attention is given to the way in which chemical degradation processes can lead to compositional changes which can provide valuable information.

This volume provides a comprehensive overview of many of the key areas of environmental forensics.  Written by some of the leading experts in the field, it will be both of specialist use to those seeking expert insights into the field and its capabilities, as well as of more general interest to those involved in both environmental and analytical science and environmental law.”

For more information about this book, see Racertrac.

Stop by the new book section in Waterfield Library to browse this book and other new titles.


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