Although Alecos Demetriades is retired from his position as Director of the Division of Geochemistry and Environment at the Institute of Geology and Mineral Exploration, he hasn’t found himself idling his days away on the golf course. Instead, he continues to give back to geochemists across the globe. Mr. Demetriades is an active member of the EuroGeoSurveys Geochemistry Expert Group, the Task Group on Global Geochemical Baselines of the International Union of Geological Sciences, and International Association of Geochemistry. He is also an Associate Editor of the Journal of Geochemical Exploration and Geologia Croatica.
Recently, Mr. Demetriades and fellow members of EuroGeoSurveys (EGS) Geochemistry Expert Group published the textbook “Mapping the Chemical Environment of Urban Areas.” The purpose of the textbook is to educate people on geochemical mapping within an urban environment. As more and more people move to urban environments, they inevitably modify their surroundings, which result in changes to both the physical and chemical equilibrium. It’s easy to see physical hazards, such as earthquakes or flooding within these urban environments, but chemical hazards, for example, lead concentration within soil, require more research and analysis. “Mapping the Chemical Environment of Urban Areas” textbook details the various aspects of urban geochemical mapping. It also highlights various urban mapping case studies previously performed across Europe, the United States of America, Africa and SE Asia.
While Mr. Demetriades and his colleagues were reviewing these case studies, they noticed a need for a comprehensive manual that provided details on urban geochemical mapping. This need was further solidified during his seminars, as attendees were not well versed in sampling methodologies, sample preparation and storage, analysis, and quality control methods. This led to the writing of the “URBAN GEOCHEMICAL MAPPING MANUAL: Sampling, Sample preparation, Laboratory analysis, Quality control check, Statistical processing and Map plotting” as a follow up to the textbook.
Both the textbook and manual include maps and graphs plotted with Golden Software’s Surfer and Grapher programs. Mr. Demetriades is a long-time Golden Software customer and first used MS-DOS versions of the products. When asked why he’s been such a dedicated customer over the years, Mr. Demetriades replied:
“The reason I continue using Surfer and Grapher is the friendliness of the software and the effectiveness in plotting quality maps and diagrams. Additionally, the cost of Golden Software packages and upgrades is quite reasonable.” Mr. Demetriades adds, “Most importantly is the friendliness of the Golden Software staff to answer technical questions and provide free resources.”