Applications of isotopes in analytical ecogeochemistry


Analytical ecogeochemistry is an emerging transdisciplinary field of science dealing with the development and application of analytical methods for the advanced and reliable measurement of compounds, elements and isotopes at trace levels in abiotic and biological media. The aim is to answer fundamental questions in different research fields, such as ecology, biology, ecosystem research and environmental science as well as climatology and geology. Evidently, a link to other disciplines can be established as well. Therefore, analytical ecogeochemistry conceptually ties analytical chemistry to the holistic view of the The Total Human Ecosystem according to Naveh [1] (Fig. 1). That is why its research objects also include the human sphere with its technologies and products, environmental effects created and the environmental services needed.
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