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Soil Contamination: Advanced integrated characterisation and time-lapse Monitoring

Objective

This project is aimed at improving current methods for monitoring contaminant distribution and biodegradation in the subsurface. Currently proven methods (based on invasive sampling of soil, soil water and gaseous phase) are unable to provide sufficiently accurate data with high enough resolution. Resulting in inability to assess of bioremediation progress and quantification of the processes involved in such bioremediation at field sites. Consequently, present assessment strategies to decide on optimal remediation approach, including design of monitoring systems, and evaluation of degradation progress, are severely flawed by uncertainty. Geophysical time-lapse measurements in combination with novel ground truthing methods give the possibility to determine: absolute contamination levels, spatial spreading, and reduced concentrations of contaminants in a heterogeneous environment. Geophysical methods of data acquisition alone are presently unable to provide absolute levels of biodegradable contamination concentrations. We aim to make improvements of fundamental constitutive relations between soil physical and degradation activity parameters and geophysically measurable parameters. Despite current improvements, there is a strong need to test these theories in practical field situations. Our project is dedicated to improving both site contamination assessment and the monitoring of bioremediation processes, and changes in soil environmental conditions. We suggest combining improved conventional soil monitoring techniques with state-of-the-art geophysical approaches. Partners in the project range from microbiologists to geophysicist, all with working experience from contaminated sites. Process studies involving lysimeters, and testing of the combination of technologies at two field sites are the major aims of the project. Focus on practical field situations and strong communication with stake-holders and SMEs will ensure high relevance for society.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental biotechnology/bioremediation

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

NIBIO - NORSK INSTITUTT FOR BIOOKONOMI
Address
Hoegskoleveien 7
1430 Aas
Norway
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 711 417
Administrative Contact
Hanne Sørlie (Ms.)

Participants (9)

AMRA - ANALISI E MONITORAGGIO DEL RISCHIO AMBIENTALE SCARL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 327 418
Address
Via Nuova Agnano 11
80125 Napoli
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Alfonso Filangieri (Dr.)
POLITECNICO DI TORINO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 312 942
Address
Corso Duca Degli Abruzzi 24
10129 Torino
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Antonia Capodiferro (Ms.)
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 510 025
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sjoerd Van Der Zee (Prof.)
FRIEDRICH-SCHILLER-UNIVERSITAT JENA
Germany
EU contribution
€ 442 820
Address
Furstengraben 1
07743 Jena
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kai Uwe Totsche (Prof.)
MINISTERUL MEDIULUI SI DEZVOLTARII DURABILE - INSTITUTUL NATIONAL DE CERCETARE - DEZVOLTARE PENTRU PROTECTIA MEDIULUI
Romania
EU contribution
€ 120 250
Address
Splaiul Independentei 294, Sector 6
060031 Bucuresti
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Theodor Ghinda (Dr.)
MAGYAR TUDOMANYOS AKADEMIA TALAJTANI ES AGROKEMIAI KUTATO INTEZETE
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 126 180
Address
Herman Otto U 15
1022 Budapest
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Borbala Biro (Prof.)
UMWELTANALYTISCHE MESS-SYSTEME GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 106 362
Address
Gmunderstrasse 37
81379 Muenchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Georg Von Unold (Mr.)
IRIS INSTRUMENTS SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 99 027
Address
Avenue Buffon 1
45060 Orleans
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jean Bernard (Mr.)
UPPSALA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 420 583
Address
Von Kraemers Alle 4
751 05 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Lars Christer Lundin (Prof.)