Characterisation and remediation

Work Package 4: Strategies and technologies for integrated site characterisation and remediation

In WP4, emerging strategies and technologies for effective site characterisation and remediation will be adapted, further developed and tested, addressing: (i) feasibility testing of phytoremediation and specific soil washing with recycled solutions (SSWRS), (ii) novel strategies for effective site characterisation and monitoring of subsurface contamination and remediation, (iii) evaluation of remedial options using site models, based on adaptive site characterisation.

Feasibility testing of phytoremediation will comprise laboratory studies on plant uptake and phytotoxicity of common soil and groundwater pollutants as well as mathematical modelling to quantify and simulate phytoremediation. Feasibility testing of SSWRS will include field (in situ and on-site) and laboratory experiments on process robustness, performance and suitable target compounds. Pollutant transfer by SSWRS will be assessed by mathematical modelling. Tree core sampling and direct push/shallow soil probing will be applied adaptively at selected sites and assisted by numerical modelling in order to test feasibility, limitations and effectiveness of these technologies for site characterisation.

Studies on potentials, costs and associated risks of in situ remediation techniques will point out which measures may, or may not, be successful and appropriate at a site. The evaluated set of methodologies will provide tools for integrated planning and assessment of regeneration options.

Contact: Mette Algreen Nielsen or Eugeniu Martac