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EPSRC Reference: GR/S11251/01
Title: Faraday Fast Track Proposal - Development of an In Situ Aquifer Assessment Tool with Risk Management Calculator for Natural Attenuation
Principal Investigator: Banwart, Professor S
Other Investigators:
Lerner, Professor DN Thornton, Dr SF Elliot, Dr T
Nathanail, Professor CP
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Project Partners:
BP Environment Agency (Grouped) Lattice Property
Shell
Department: Civil and Structural Engineering
Organisation: University of Sheffield
Scheme: Faraday (PreFEC)
Starts: 01 June 2003 Ends: 31 May 2006 Value (£): 369,523
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Assess/Remediate Contamination
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Construction
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The project will improve the risk-based assessment and remediation of contaminated land using monitored natural attenuation (MNA), through the development of a reliable method of site-specific characterisation of reactive transport properties and their uncertainty, supported by cost-benefit calculators for the selection of the site investigation tools and remediation techniques. Borehole tracer injection-recovery technology will be developed to test a range of reactive tracer cocktails for the in-situ characterisation of aquifer reaction and transport properties at fieldscale, to provide site-specific parameters values for reactive transport modelling and risk assessment. The technical approach will be validated with numerical modelling to design and interpret field experiments.Laboratory experiments of model aquifer systems will be used to design the field experiments and independently verify the effects of scale and reaction kinetics on transport predictions. A cost-benefit analysis calculators, based on uncertainty analysis of site characterisation techniques, will be developed and calibrated using the experimental data to provide a decision-support tool for the design of more cost-effective site investigation and remediation programmes. The methodology will be tested at the Site of Innovative Research on Natural Attenuation (SIReN) in the North west of England. The project combines the disciplines of hydrogeology, geochemistry, microbiology, numerical modelling and quantitative statistical analysis.
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