Document details for 'Characterisation and discrimination of urban soils: preliminary results from the Soil Forensics University Network'

Authors Morrisson, A.R., McColl, S.M., Dawson, L.A. and Brewer, M.J.
Publication details In "Criminal and Environmental Soil Forensics", 75-86. Eds. Ritz, K., Dawson, L., Miller, D.. Springer Verlag, Heidelberg.
Publisher details Springer Verlag, Heidelberg
Keywords soil analysis, database, collaborative network, alkanes, colour, FTIR, statistical analysis, city discrimination, land use discrimination
Abstract Collaboration between universities with forensic science teaching can provide opportunities to develop shared databases for potential use by forensic practitioners, such as the fibre database project hosted by Staffordshire University. The aim of this network project is to broaden the knowledge of soil characterisation and discrimination within the urban environment. In the context of soil evidence, a coordinated network of projects has been established as collaborative ventures across a range of universities and research organisations. A coordinated approach with a high degree of similarity in protocols and quality control between the participating organisations was established. Between city and within city discrimination of common urban land-use vegetation (LUV) classes is being tested. Preliminary results for the parameter of soil colour over one year for sites in Scotland and north-west England are presented.
ISBN 978-1-4020-9203-9
Last updated 2010-05-26

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