Introduction to Environmental Forensics

Edited by

  • Brian Murphy, Exponent, Incorporated, Sarasota, FL, USA
  • Robert Morrison, DPRA, San Marcos, CA, USA


  • Brian Murphy, Exponent, Incorporated, Sarasota, FL, USA
  • Robert Morrison, DPRA, San Marcos, CA, USA

One million people a month die from lack of clean water and sanitation, and millions more die every year from various forms of industrial pollution. Environmental forensics is the application of scientific techniques for the purpose of identifying the source and age of a contaminant, and is crucial to pinpointing the cause of these millions of deaths. Over the past several years, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has imposed regulations that warrant the utilization of environmental forensic experts to ensure that companies are complying with environmental standards. As a result, this field has been expanding as a course of study in academia, government, and commercial markets - both in the United States and abroad. The second edition of Introduction to Environmental Forensics is an essential addition to the current literature on the subject. It outlines techniques for identifying the source of a contaminant release, when the release occurred, and the extent of human exposure. Written by leading experts in environmental investigations, the text provides detailed information on chemical "fingerprinting" techniques applicable to ground water, soils, sediments, and air, plus an in-depth look at petroleum hydrocarbons.
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Environmental consultants and engineers, environmental attorneys, technical specialists who monitor environmental pollution and contamination, and upper-division students in related areas.


Book information

  • Published: March 2007
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-369522-2

Table of Contents

Chapter 1Applications of Environmental ForensicsBrian L. MurphyChapter 2Site History: The First Tool of the Environmental Forensics TeamShelley Bookspan, A.J. Gravel, and Julie CorleyChapter 3Photogrammetry, photointerpretation, and Digital Imaging and Mapping in Environmental ForensicsJames I. EbertChapter 4The Measurement ProcessDallas Wait and Charles RamseyChapter 5Statistical MethodsThomas D. Gauthier and Mark HawleyChapter 6Statistical Tools for Ratio DataMichael E. GinevanChapter 7Principal Components Analysis and Receptor Models in Environmental ForensicsGlenn W. Johnson, Robert Ehrlich, William Full and Scott RamosChapter 8 Recepter Models for Source Apportionment of Suspended ParticlesJohn G. Watson and Judith C. ChowChapter 9Chemical Fingerprinting MethodsGregory S. Douglas, Stephen D. Emsbo-Mattingly, Scott A. Stout, Allen D. Uhler, and Kevin J. McCarthyChapter 10Application of Stable Isotopes and Radio Isotopes in Environmental ForensicsR. Paul Philp and Emilie JardéChapter 11Forensic Applications of Contaminant Transport Models in the SubsurfaceAshok Katyal and Robert D. MorrisonChapter 12Forensic Air Dispersion Modeling and AnalysisBruce A. Egan and Brian L. MurphyChapter 13Environmental Forensic MicroscopyJames R. Millette and Richard S. BrownChapter 14Applications of Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) in Environmental Forensic StudiesA. Mohamad Ghazi, PhDChapter 15Emerging Forensic TechniquesJean-Christopher Balouet, Gil Oudijk, Ioana Petrisor, and Robert Morrison