During the past three decades, there has been an increasing need for determining levels of various micropollutants in the environment. Analysis of parameters at extremely low concentrations down to the pg/g or subpg/g level cannot be achieved without clean lab facilities. The results are important for understanding historic inputs, pathways and fluxes in the environment, and natural and anthropogenic inputs. This presentation will review: meanings, values and challenges of scientific research, environmental quality, meanings and areas of environmental chemistry, environmental monitoring and assessment, research infrastructure, analysis from field to laboratory and laboratory to field, and finally the scientific methods to obtain accurate data.
This lecture is open to the public.