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Screening and monitoring of anthropogenic pollution over central europe by using magnetic proxies.

Objective

Problem to be solved:
Cost-effective data collection on anthropogenic pollution in Eastern Europe.
Objectives and approach:
The main objective is the use of the magnetometry as a fast and cost-effective proxy method for screening and monitoring anthropogenic pollution. This will enable a better targeting for further detailed measurements using standard methods. The project is focused on a large area affected by industrial activities, spanning Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and Poland. The method will be also used for high resolution mapping of pre-selected sites showing anomalous geochemical patterns in order to allow a proper sampling for obtaining additional information. Finally, the project will compare the pollution development in relation to environmental protection standards in EU countries and countries in the pre-accession process (EU-membership candidates). The proposed project will result in a new database represented by a regional cross border magnetic map of pollution over a large central European area covering parts of Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and Poland. A general magnetic screening-map with an average grid density of 10km will be compiled. High-resolution mapping (average grid density of about 1km) will be carried out over selected areas (Krkonose, Beskydy, Sumava, Bayr. Wald, Schwarzwald, parts of Bayr. Alpen, Koeflach Area, Hohe Tauern National park). Samples from representative sites will be collected for laboratory studies. In order to observe the time-development and to monitor the pollution, certain areas will be re-screened and re-mapped in the 3rd year of the project. Monitoring of short-term variations will be carried out by measurements along defined profiles within short regular time intervals. Long-term variations will be monitored by investigations on open depth sections of soils or collected soil cores.
Expected impact:
An improved understanding of the spatial distribution of pollution 'hot spots' will help guide environmental protection policies in the region. The work should lead to a cost-effective methodology that could be taken up by national and European-level environmental monitoring bodies.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF TUEBINGEN
Address
Sigwartstrasse 10
72076 Tuebingen
Germany

Participants (3)

GEOPHYSICAL INSTITUTE - ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC
Czechia
Address
Bocni Ii
141 31 Praha 4
INSTITUTE OF ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING - POLISH ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Poland
Address
M. Sklodowskiej-curie 34
41 819 Zabrze
UNIVERSITY OF MINING AND METALLURGY
Austria
Address
Peter Tunnerstrasse 25-27
8700 Leoben