Resources for Environmental Chemistry

by S.E. Van Bramer

March 9, 1996

This is a listing of resources that I have found useful. The comments are intended to be useful for finding an appropriate resource and are not intended to be anything else. These are my own opinions.

  1. General Textbooks
    1. Baird, C. Environmental Chemistry ; Freeman: New York, 1995. This is an introductory level book that should be accessible to non-science majors.
    2. Manahan, S. Environmental Chemistry, 6th ed. ; Lewis: Boca Raton, 1994. This is a very detailed textbook written for upper division science majors. It is heavy on descriptions and light on details. This book is light on chemistry and heavy on the environment.
    3. Bunce, N. Environmental Chemistry 2nd ed.; Wuerz: Winnipeg, 1994. This book is written for upper division science majors and is heavier on the chemistry than Manahan. Lots of good problems and useful references. The writing is very good and clearly written. This is my favorite general textbook on environmental chemistry (so far).

  2. Atmospheric Chemistry
    1. Graedel, T.; Crutzen, P. Atmospheric Change: An Earth System Perspective; Freeman: New York, 1992. A through review of atmospheric chemistry written for science majors. This should be accessible to someone who has completed one or two semesters of college chemistry.
    2. Wayne, R. Chemistry of Atmospheres 2nd ed.; Oxford: New York, 1991. This is a very well written book on atmospheric chemistry. It is written for upper division chemistry majors or graduate students. It tells more of the story than can be covered in the general textbooks on environmental chemistry. This is also a favorite of mine. If I wanted to find out about photochemical smog in detail this is where I would look.
    3. Finlayson-Pitts, B.; Pitts, J. Atmospheric Chemistry: Fundamentals and Experimental Techniques; Wiley: New York, 1986. This is a massive tomb that is very comprehensive and detailed. It is written at a graduate/post-graduate level. Very detailed information, resources, data, and references. In depth discussion of chemical reactions, cycles, kinetics and analysis. If I wanted to know the absorption cross section for NO, or the rate constant for the reaction of NO and O3 this is where I would look.
    4. Seinfeld, J. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics of Air Pollution; Wiley: New York, 1986. A graduate level book on the chemistry of air pollution (more engineering oriented).
    5. Birks, J.; Calvert, J.; Sievers, R. The Chemistry of the Atmosphere: Its Impact on Global Change; American Chemical Society: Washington, 1993. Policy discussion monographs on atmospheric chemistry.

  3. Analysis of Environmental Compounds
    1. Patnaik, P.; Handbook of Environmental Analysis; Lewis: Boca Raton, 1997. This is a well organized and very accessable book on analytical techniques used for environmental analysis.
    2. Lodge, J.; Methods of Air Sampling and Analysis 3rd ed.; Lewis: Boca Raton, 1988. This is a very comprehensive book on the techniques used so sample and analyze atmospheric species. If I wanted to learn how to measure O3 this is where I would look.
    3. Keith, L. ed. Principles of Environmental Sampling; American Chemical Society: Washington, 1987. A series of monographs on environmental sampling.
    4. Keith, L. ed. Principles of Environmental Sampling: a Practical Guide; American Chemical Society: Washington, 1991. An introduction to environmental sampling and analysis. A short version of Principles of Environmental Sampling.
    5. Csuros, M. Environmental Sampling and Analysis for Technicians; Lewis, Boca Raton, 1994. Good discussions of sample collection, quality control and assurance.
    6. Reeve, R. Environmental Analysis; Wiley: New York, 1994. Analytical Chemistry by Open Learning text (self paced individualized instruction) on environmental analysis
    7. Chasteen, T. Qualitative and Instrumental Analysis of Environmentally Significant Elements; Wiley: New York, 1993. An interesting approach that combines qualitative analysis and instrumental analysis by examining environmentally significant elements. Includes discussion of the environmental significance of each element, a qualitative analysis technique and an instrumental analysis technique for that element.

  4. Instrumental Analysis Textbooks
    1. Skoog, D.; Leary, J Principles of Instrumental Analysis; Saunders: Fort Worth, 1992. The standard instrumental textbook for undergraduate chemistry majors. Very through.
    2. Willard, H.; Merritt, L.; Dean, J.; Settle, F. Instrumental Methods of Analysis 7th ed.; Wadsworth: Belmont, CA, 1988. This is another standard instrumental textbook for undergraduate chemistry majors. Very well organized and detailed.
    3. Strobel, H.; Heineman, W. Chemical Instrumentation: A Systematic Approach 3rd ed.; Wiley: New York, 1989. A very detailed textbook on instrumental analysis written at the graduate level.

  5. Miscellaneous
    1. Hemond, H.; Fechner, E. Chemical Fate and Transport in the Environment; Academic: New York, 1994. Environmental chemistry for the chemical engineer. Heavy on monitoring, dispersion models, etc.
    2. Sawyer, C.; McCarty, P.; Parkin, G. Chemistry for Environmental Engineering 4th ed.; McGraw-Hill: New York, 1994. The first part of the book is an introduction to chemistry with an environmental emphasis written for engineers. The second part is on water and wastewater analysis for engineers. Very well written.