Key Concepts in Environmental Chemistry

1st Edition

Authors: Grady Hanrahan
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123749932
eBook ISBN: 9780080961705
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 12th September 2011
Page Count: 384
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Key Concepts in Environmental Chemistry provides a modern and concise introduction to environmental chemistry principles and the dynamic nature of environmental systems. It offers an intense, one-semester examination of selected concepts encountered in this field of study and provides integrated tools in explaining complex chemical problems of environmental importance. Principles typically covered in more comprehensive textbooks are well integrated into general chapter topics and application areas. The goal of this textbook is to provide students with a valuable resource for learning the basic concepts of environmental chemistry from an easy to follow, condensed, application and inquiry-based perspective. Additional statistical, sampling, modeling and data analysis concepts and exercises will be introduced for greater understanding of the underlying processes of complex environmental systems and fundamental chemical principles. Each chapter will have problem-oriented exercises (with examples throughout the body of the chapter) that stress the important concepts covered and research applications/case studies from experts in the field. Research applications will be directly tied to theoretical concepts covered in the chapter. Overall, this text provides a condensed and integrated tool for student learning and covers key concepts in the rapidly developing field of environmental chemistry.

Key Features

  • Intense, one-semester approach to learning
  • Application-based approach to learning theoretical concepts
  • In depth analysis of field-based and in situ analytical techniques
  • Introduction to environmental modeling


Upper level undergraduate physical science students who have taken a General Chemistry course.

Table of Contents

Preface to Faculty

Preface to Students


About the Author

Chapter 1 Abstracts and Keywords

Chapter 1. Introduction to Environmental Chemistry

1.1. Overview and Importance of Environmental Chemistry

1.2. Ecosystem Considerations

1.3. Review of Energy and Thermodynamic Concepts

1.4. Review of Chemical Kinetics and Chemical Equilibrium

1.5. Global Water and Element Cycles

1.6. An Introduction to Environmental Data Analysis

1.7. End of Chapter Problems

Chapter 2 Abstracts and Keywords

Chapter 2. Environmental Statistical Analysis and Sampling Considerations

2.1. Introduction to Environmental Statistics

2.2. Sample Collection

2.3. The Distribution and Transformation of Data

2.4. Inferential Statistics and Hypothesis Testing

2.5. Outlying Results

2.6. Analysis of Variance

2.7. Graphical Data Analysis

2.8. Multivariate Data Analysis: A brief introduction

2.9. End of Chapter Problems

Chapter 3 Abstracts and Keywords

Chapter 3. Aqueous Chemistry

3.1. Chemical Composition and Properties of Water

3.2. Acid-Base Phenomena

3.3. Oxidation-Reduction in Natural Waters

3.4. Dissolution and Precipitation in Aquatic Environments

3.5. Adsorption in Aquatic Environments

3.6. The Bjerrum Plot: Construction from Excel Spreadsheets

3.7. End of Chapter Problems

Chapter 4 Abstracts and Keywords

Chapter 4. Surface/Groundwater Quality and Monitoring

4.1. Surface and Groundwater Relationships

4.2. Water Quality Units and Concentration Considerations

4.3. Water Quality Parameters and Criteria Guidelines

4.4. Physico-Chemical Water Quality Indicators

4.5. Developmental Toxicants

4.6. Biological Assessements

4.7. Water Quality Monitoring



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About the Author

Grady Hanrahan

Affiliations and Expertise

John Stauffer Endowed Professor of Analytical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, CA


"The author delivers a blend of theoretical and practical material in a very concise manner.  Given the wide range of topics covered (to account for the complex environment), it is impressive to encounter such a compact work designed for use in a one-semester course."--CHOICE