Introduction to Environmental Forensics (2nd edition)

Edited by Brian L Murphy and Robert D Morrison 
Academic Press  March 2007  

Hardbound  776 pp  ISBN 9780123695222      £66.00
Introduction to Environmental Forensics helps readers unravel the complexities of environmental pollution cases. 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. It gives the environmental scientist, engineer, and legal specialist a complete toolbox for conducting forensic investigations. It demonstrates the range of scientific analyses that are available to answer questions of environmental liability and support a legal argument, and provides several examples and case studies to illustrate how these methods are applied.

This is a textbook that would prove useful to a range of disciplines, including environmental scientists involved in water and air pollution, contaminated land and geographical information systems; and archaeologists, hydrochemists and geochemists interested in dating sources of pollution.

Of interest to environmental consultants and engineers, environmental attorneys, technical specialists who monitor environmental pollution and contamination, and upper-division students in related areas.


  • Chapter 1 Applications of Environmental Forensics Brian L. Murphy
  • Chapter 2 Site History: The First Tool of the Environmental Forensics Team Shelley Bookspan, A.J. Gravel, and Julie Corley
  • Chapter 3 Photogrammetry, photointerpretation, and Digital Imaging and Mapping in Environmental Forensics James I. Ebert
  • Chapter 4 The Measurement Process Dallas Wait and Charles Ramsey
  • Chapter 5 Statistical Methods Thomas D. Gauthier and Mark Hawley
  • Chapter 6 Statistical Tools for Ratio Data Michael E. Ginevan
  • Chapter 7 Principal Components Analysis and Receptor Models in Environmental Forensics Glenn W. Johnson, Robert Ehrlich, William Full and Scott Ramos
  • Chapter 8 Recepter Models for Source Apportionment of Suspended Particles John G. Watson and Judith C. Chow
  • Chapter9 Chemical Fingerprinting Methods Gregory S. Douglas, Stephen D. Emsbo-Mattingly, Scott A. Stout, Allen D. Uhler, and Kevin J. McCarthy
  • Chapter10 Application of Stable Isotopes and Radio Isotopes in Environmental Forensics R. Paul Philp and Emilie Jarde
  • Chapter11 Forensic Applications of Contaminant Transport Models in the Subsurface Ashok Katyal and Robert D. Morrison
  • Chapter12 Forensic Air Dispersion Modeling and Analysis Bruce A. Egan and Brian L. Murphy
  • Chapter 13 Environmental Forensic Microscopy James R. Millette and Richard S. Brown
  • Chapter 14 Applications of Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) in Environmental Forensic Studies A. Mohamad Ghazi, PhD
  • Chapter 15 Emerging Forensic Techniques Jean-Christopher Balouet, Gil Oudijk, Ioana Petrisor, and Robert Morrison
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