SUMATECS Sustainable management of trace element contaminated soils - Development of a decision tool system and its evaluation

Country: European Union
Start Date:   29/10/2007         Duration: 12 months         Project Type: RTD
Contract Number: SN-01/20
Organisation Type:  Consultancy, contractor or other service provider
Contaminated land-->Contaminants-->Contaminants overview
Contaminated land-->Contaminated land overview
Groundwater protection-->Groundwater processes-->Groundwater processes overview
Groundwater protection-->Groundwater protection overview
Soil-->Soil Overview
Project objectives:
The development of “gentle”, in-situ remediation technologies (i.e. phytoremediation,    
in situ immobilisation, etc.) has been under intensive research    
over the last few decades (see Figure 1). A great deal of progress    
has been achieved at the experimental level, but the application of these    
technologies as practical solutions is still at its early stage. On the one    
hand, methods for determination of the trace element (metals and nonmetals)    
fractions relevant for their ecotoxicology (i.e., the bio available    
fraction) still have their limitations since they may insufficiently reflect the    
potential risks. On the other hand, a number of in-situ remediation options    
are available and thus a decision tool system has to be developed allowing    
to choose the most suitable technique. TECS (trace element contaminated    
soils) management moved into a new century where environmental    
decisions must be ‘socially-robust’ within a context of sustainable development    
& is a part of the conceptual framework “Risk-based land management”.    
All efforts need to ensure management and/or remediation is affordable,    
feasible, effective & sustainable.    
Additionally, further aspects that are closely related to the remediation    
process were previously only partly covered by research projects. These    
aspects include the potential impacts on the local environment (soil processes    
and functioning, socio-economic impacts on the local population,    
etc.), but also the principal question on the sustainability of the remediation    
process and its target.    
The aim of this project is to make a literature and project-based review    
(including country specific state of the art and current procedures) to identify    
the current status of research and application in Europe and to (i) derive    
decision tool systems, remediation scenarios including the potential    
impacts on the local environment and (ii) define further research needs. 
Project Summary:
This project is a unique opportunity to make an intensive review of existing    
information on the topic of gentle soil remediation techniques. For this    
evaluation, not only peer-reviewed scientific papers, but also nonpublished    
information (e.g., project reports) will be included. An additional    
major contribution to this overview will be interviews with experts, engineers,    
stakeholders, government members etc. A major aim is also to establish    
pedagogical didactics to interact with students associate a classroom    
in each participant country to follow and feed back the project progress    
and results. In general, not only the direct effects of remediation    
(i.e., removal or stabilisation of and to contaminants), but also the indirect    
effects on environment and society will be evaluated in detail.    
The results of this project will be the basis for a major step forward to an    
intensified implementation of gentle remediation technologies. New information    
will be published in international scientific journals, but will be also    
made available for national environmental agencies, local authorities,    
stakeholders, etc. Additionally, major research needs will be summarized    
in order to strengthen future research efforts that will close remaining    
knowledge gaps. 
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Product Descriptions:

Additional Information:

Project Resources:
Funding Programme(s): 
SNOWMAN coordinated Call
Link to Organisations:

Austrian Research Centers GmbH
University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences - Dep. Forest and Soil Sciences
Hasselt University
Czech University of Life Sciences Prague
INERIS Institut National de l'Environnement Industriel et des Risques
INRA - Intstitut National de la Recherche Agronomique (National Institute for Agricultural Research)
Université de Technologie de Compiègne
Ruhr-University Bochum
Sächsisches Staatsministerium für Umwelt und Landwirtschaft
University of Florence
Lulea University of Technology
University of Brighton
Submitted by: Mr Arnd Wieland  Who does what?  10/01/2008 13:04:00
Updated by: Mr Arnd Wieland  Who does what?  10/01/2008 14:27:00