Hydrocarbons and Halogenated Hydrocarbons in the Aquatic Environment: Some Thoughts on the Philosophy and Practice of Environmental Analytical Chemistry

  • O. Hutzinger
  • A. A. M. Roof
Part of the Environmental Science Research book series (ESRH, volume 16)


Sophisticated analytical techniques are now available for the analysis of hydrocarbons and halogenated hydrocarbons, and the number of compounds found in waters of different origins is now well over one thousand.

The limited resources and manpower available for environmental analysis make it imperative to avoid unnecessary determinations.

In this paper an attempt is made to outline the important tasks of environmental analysis. It is concluded that there should be more than just determination of levels in various environmental sub-compartments. Rather, programs should be designed to contribute to the overall picture of importance of the compounds analysed in the environment. This implies that information on transport and transformation including data on transformation products be obtained.


Transformation Product Environmental Analysis Bituminous Coal Halogenated Hydrocarbon Total World Production 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • O. Hutzinger
    • 1
  • A. A. M. Roof
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Environmental and Toxicological ChemistryUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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