The last decade has seen a welcome increased interest on the part of soil scientists, and related professionals, to apply their knowledge and technologies to addressing questions of forensic interest. This chapter discusses some of the challenges which face these professionals as they apply their science in the forensic space, principally arguing that soil science has the most to contribute in answering the 'what happened' question. Given the ubiquitous 'CSI hype' surrounding forensic science it is vital that soil forensic evidence is realistic and based on the sound application of science. The role of the expert witness is also discussed. Finally, the importance of underpinning standards and the need for research and importance of a partnership approach are emphasised.
|Title of host publication||Criminal and Environmental Soil Forensics|
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2009|