Criminal and Environmental Soil Forensics

Editors: Ritz, Karl, Dawson, Lorna, Miller, David (Eds.)

  • Is a unique volume with no precedent
  • Offers a state-of-the-art perspective from leading practitioners from around the world
  • Covers use of soil forensics from intelligence gathering to evidence in court and contains casework examples
  • Offers multidisciplinary coverage ranging from expert witnesses to molecular ecology of cadaver decay in soils
  • Provides a global perspective in that its coverage and contributing authors are international
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Soils have important roles to play in criminal and environmental forensic science. Since the initial concept of using soil in forensic investigations was mooted by Conan Doyle in his Sherlock Holmes stories prior to real-world applications, this branch of forensic science has become increasingly sophisticated and broad. New techniques in chemical, physical, biological, ecological and spatial analysis, coupled with informatics, are being applied to reducing areas of search by investigators, site identification, site comparison and measurement for the eventual use as evidence in court. Soils can provide intelligence, in assisting the determination of the provenance of samples from artifacts, victims or suspects, enabling their linkage to locations or other evidence. They also modulate change in surface or buried cadavers and hence affect the ability to estimate post-mortem or post-burial intervals, and locate clandestine graves. This interdisciplinary volume explores the conceptual and practical interplay of soil and geoforensics across the scientific, investigative and legal fields. Supported by reviews, case-studies from across the world, and reports of original research, it demonstrates the increasing convergence of a wide range of knowledge. It covers conceptual issues, evidence (from recovery to use in court), geoforensics, taphonomy, as well as leading-edge technologies. The application of the resultant soil forensics toolbox is leading to significant advances in improving crime detection, and environmental and national security.

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From the reviews: “This is a fine volume with an excellent collection of papers. It should be of interest to anyone looking for a series of papers that provide insight into where the field of forensic soil science is today and where it might be tomorrow. The index is very useful. The illustrations are well done and useful; the color photos are excellent. References in the individual papers are up to date, and the abstracts are universally well written.” (Ray Murray, Vadose Zone Journal, Vol. 9 (1), February, 2010)

Table of contents (28 chapters)

  • “Soils Ain't Soils”: Context and Issues Facing Soil Scientists in a Forensic World

    Robertson, James

    Pages 3-12

  • Expert Scientific Evidence in Court: The Legal Considerations

    Auchie, Derek P.

    Pages 13-31

  • Some Thoughts on the Role of Probabilistic Reasoning in the Evaluation of Evidence

    Aitken, Colin G. G.

    Pages 33-47

  • Microbial Community Profiling for the Characterisation of Soil Evidence: Forensic Considerations

    Sensabaugh, George F.

    Pages 49-60

  • The Current Status of Forensic Soil Examination in the Russian Federation

    Gradusova, Olga (et al.)

    Pages 61-73

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Criminal and Environmental Soil Forensics
Editors
  • Karl Ritz
  • Lorna Dawson
  • David Miller
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Distribution Rights
Distribution rights for India: CBS Publishers, New Delhi, India
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-9204-6
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-9204-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-9203-9
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-8090-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XL, 519
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