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Forensic Geochemical and Geophysical Statistical Data Visualization

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Course Code: EL0405CA19

Environmental Forensics Course

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July 27, 2018
8:30am - 4:30pm (Check in time: 8:00am)


Data analysis and visualization are becoming an increasingly important part of forensic geochemical and geophysical legal proceedings. Gain a thorough understanding of how to use these techniques to explain complex environmental data in an easily understandable manner by attending this training session.

Study Design and Conceptual Site Models

The course will begin with an overview of the importance of reliable study designs that follow established scientific principles. EPA documents, hydrological investigations, target hydrocarbons, and petroleum biomarkers will all be discussed. The process for establishing comprehensive conceptual site models to present investigation results in a clear and understandable manner will also be covered.

Visualization Techniques for Gasoline Range Data and Distillate Range Data

The course instructors will then lead discussions on gasoline range (GR) data and distillate range (DR) data, providing in-depth instruction on the following topics:

  • Various statistical visualization techniques
  • For GR data: regression analyses, ternary analyses, and approaches for dealing with large datasets for paraffin, isoparaffin, aromatic, naphthenic and olefin (PIANO)
  • For DR data: approaches for normal alkanes, isoparaffins, simple aromatic and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and biomarkers
  • Modeling of discharges: the approaches and basic physical parameters
  • Three-dimensional computer modeling of discharges
  • Real world example results of courtroom discussions of plume transports

Dealing with Complex Datasets

For the largest and most complex datasets (including PAH, PCB and PCDD/F), approaches for distributional analysis used for source assessment and pattern recognition will be discussed. Students will gain an understanding of the strengths and limitations of different approaches, and will leave the course with the knowledge to formulate a comprehensive conceptual site model for courtroom settings.


Dr. Michael J. Wade is Principal Scientist of Wade Research, Inc., a small business that provides geochemical consulting services to a variety of government agencies, industrial clients, and law firms. Dr. Wade is an organic geochemist with 25 years of strong technical and project management experience in a variety of research programs with special emphasis on study of petroleum pollution in the environment. His general areas of geochemical expertise are: evaluation of the detailed hydrocarbon composition of petroleum products, assessment of the degradation of petroleum hydrocarbons in the environment, innovative hydrocarbon fingerprinting techniques, development of bioremediation approaches for chlorinated and aromatic hydrocarbons, chlorinated and phosphorus pesticides in contaminated soils and sediments, impacts of waste disposal outfalls in the coastal ocean for both industrial and municipal wastes, natural resource damage assessments for major oil spills in U.S. coastal waters, and analytical method development for a wide variety of organic chemical pollutants.

Jeffrey A. Johnson, Ph.D., P.G.

Continuing Education Credits

In addition to 0.65 Rutgers CEUs, this environmental forensics training course has been approved for the following credits:

NJ Health Officers & Registered Environmental Health Specialists: Rutgers University, NJAES, Office of Continuing Professional Education has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health as a provider of NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs). CEs for Forensic Geochemical and Geophysical Statistical Data Visualization are still pending.

NJ LSRP CECs: Pending

NJ Professional Engineers: 6.5 Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) credits

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Continental breakfast and deli buffet lunch will be provided to you at no additional cost.

NOTE: If you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies, please alert us at least one (1) week in advance of the course start date so that we can make reasonable accommodations. We cannot guarantee accommodations for special requests made after that time.


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The Atrium, Sequoia - Room 120
300 Atrium Drive, Somerset, NJ 08873

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