Environmental Forensics for Persistent Organic Pollutants


  • Gwen O'Sullivan, Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Court Sandau, Chemistry Matters, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Environmental Forensics for Persistent Organic Pollutants represents the state-of-the-art in environmental forensics in relation to persistent organic pollutants (POPs). The book is a complete reference for practitioners and students, covering a range of topics from new analytical techniques to regulatory and legal status in the global community.

Through case studies from leading international experts, real-world issues - including the allocation of responsibility for release into the environment - are resolved through the application of advanced analytical and scientific techniques. This book introduces and assesses the development of new techniques and technologies to trace the source and fate of newly emerging and classic POPs (perfluoroalkyl substances, brominated flame retardants, organochlorine pesticides, perfluorinated chemicals, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and polychlorinated biphenyls) in environmental media, including atmospheric, marine, freshwater, and urban environments.

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for practitioners and students from analytical chemistry to regulatory and legal status in the global community


Book information

  • Published: December 2013
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-59424-2


"...the editors and contributors do a good job of describing a very rapidly growing field from all sides, starting with early insecticides, including Aldrin and DDT. Summing Up: Recommended."--CHOICE Reviews Online, 'Oct 14

"The book is clearly written and comprehensive. The information in book represents a significant advancement in the forensic sciences and while specific to POPs, is applicable to the forensic investigation of many contaminants of concern." --Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry,July 2014
"Biological and environmental scientists, almost exclusively from the anglophone Atlantic explain the theories and processes for identifying natural or artificial organic compounds in the environment that resist biological, chemical and photolytic degradation; and identifying the source of the compound with enough assurance that polluters can be convicted."--ProtoView.com, April 2014


Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Analytical
  3. Biomonitoring
  4. Legal and Regulations
  5. Freshwater and Marine Environment
  6. Terrestrial
  7. Environmental Monitoring
  8. Atmospheric Fate and Behavior of POPs
  9. Future Perspectives