To determine the role of colloids in contaminant transport at several shallow groundwater sites both in the UK and Germany studying the (1) development of a cost effective sampling and analytical protocol for characterisation of polluted sites; (2) development of effective guidelines for recognition of significance of colloids in the transport of colloid-associated heavy metal transport; (3) assessment of implications of colloidal heavy metal transport for remediation strategies.
The programme consists of the following seven tasks :
Task 1 : collection of existing data into an effective data base.
Task 2 : field monitoring and sampling of waters, colloids and solids
Task 3 : geophysical characterisation of the sites.
Task 4 : sample analysis and physico-chemical characterisation of groundwater colloids
Task 5 : laboratory studies of metal-associated colloid transport through relevant solid matrix materials in column and batch experiments.
Task 6 : modelling of contaminant transport in the presence of colloids.
Task 7 : project coordination, reporting and recommendations.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
B15 2TT Birmingham