Quantifying Chemicals in Coastal Environments

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by W. Burton Hamner, Univ of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87

Abstract: Because management and regulation is largely based on numerical chemical data, understanding of the process, products and limitations of environmental chemical analysis is critical for estimates of data confidence to be made. The inherent variability and high costs of such numerical data makes long-term data comparability a significant issue. This paper presents a general overview of the environmental analytical process and its implications for data confidence. Regulatory and research guidelines are suggested for obtaining, evaluating and using environmental chemical data and communicating its implications.

Subject Headings: Environmental issues | Data processing | Chemical processes | Data analysis | Chemicals | Information management | Water pollution | Numerical analysis |

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