IEA514/3 Applied Environmental Forensics
This course will provide basic knowledge of environmental forensics by emphasizing the use of the latest methods which are suitable to solve key environmental pollution questions. These methods include chemical and DNA fingerprinting techniques. Chemical fingerprinting techniques to be discussed are mass spectrometry, trace metal analysis and stable isotopes analysis of light elements whereas the DNA fingerprinting technique covers methods of DNA extraction and detection of the toxin-encoding gene. Students will be exposed to a variety of scenarios and problems related to environmental pollution and will be tested to propose appropriate techniques to find the source of the problems. Students will also gain exposure to the process of investigation in the field from a legal perspective. In addition, the students will be taught on how to use multivariate statistical methods in order to recognize patterns of data and thus obtaining the best information and interpretation from the analyses carried out. At the end of this course, students will know how to organize information and data from various sources in order to find the source of environmental pollutions using critical and logical thinking.