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Development of a decision support system for sustainable management of contaminated land by linking bioavailability, ecological risk and ground water pollution of organic pollutants

Development of a decision support system for sustainable management of contaminated land by linking bioavailability, ecological risk and ground water pollution of organic pollutants

Objective

Contamination of soils and sediments by organic chemicals is a major threat to the environmental quality of freshwater and groundwater resources. At present, assessment of the risks of soil and sediment contamination is based on the assumption of bulk organic carbon-based equilibrium partitioning. However, it is generally accepted in scientific circles that this assumption is inappropriate and can lead to an overestimation of the risks of soil and sediment contamination. This project will investigate the mechanistic basis for the formation of different sorbed fractions of contaminants in soils and sediments and the bioavailability of these fractions. Methods will be developed to easily determine bioavailable fractions of contaminants in relation to their sorption kinetics. These results will be exploited to develop protocols for the risk assessment of sorbed contaminants in soils and sediments.

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Coordinator

NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE - MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY

Address

25,Vejlsoevej 25
8600 Silkeborg

Denmark

Administrative Contact

Hans LOEKKE

Participants (13)

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A.S. BIOTEKNISK JORDRENS

Denmark

CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

DANISH ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

Denmark

DANISH INSTITUTE OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES

Denmark

ENICHEM SPA

Italy

INSTITUTE FOR AGROBIOTECHNOLOGY IN TULLN

Austria

JM AB

Sweden

JOHN VIJGEN CONSULT

Denmark

MINISTRY OF HOUSING, SPATIAL PLANNING AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Netherlands

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT

Netherlands

UTRECHT UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

VITO - VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK NV

Belgium

WRC-NSF LTD

United Kingdom

Project information

Grant agreement ID: EVK1-CT-2001-00105

  • Start date

    1 January 2002

  • End date

    31 December 2005

Funded under:

FP5-EESD

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 468 996

  • EU contribution

    € 2 051 733

Coordinated by:

NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE - MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY

Denmark