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Environmental Forensics

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Synopsis: Learn the basics of environmental forensics in this one-day course.
Start Time: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 9:00 AM
End Time: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 4:30 PM
Location: New Brunswick Campus Wide
Address: No Street Address
Campus: College Avenue
City, State, Country: New Brunswick, NJ US
Fee: See website
Sponsor: Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education
Category: Workshop, Course
Web Site: http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/courses/current/el0401ca.html
Contact Name: Pamela Mayer
Contact Email: pspring@rci.rutgers.edu
Contact Phone: (732) 932-9271 ext. 626
Additional Information:

Environmental forensics is a multidisciplinary field with the goal of understanding how and when contamination occurred as well as who is responsible for the pollution. Environmental forensics investigations may involve identifying and apportioning responsibility among multiple parties, age-dating releases and/or determining exactly how a release occurred with reference to insurance or other contractual issues.

Determining the date when problems first began is important because it allows attorneys and courts to determine who is responsible for the cleanup, insurance companies to determine whether or not an environmental claim occurred during their policy periods and government officials to determine who is responsible for recouping expended government funds.

This one-day program will address the following age-dating methods:

  • Site History: Reviewing historical documents and records
  • Fingerprinting: Characterizing/identifying spilled chemicals
  • Hydrology: Calculating water flow rates
  • Isotopes: Analyzing isotopes
  • Weathering: Calculating hydrocarbon degradation
  • Dendroecology: Analyzing tree rings for contaminants
Target Audience: General Public