Soil contamination: Scope, Advances and Challenges (SCSAC)
September 1st, 2017
Location: Wageningen University, Orion building, Room C2030
Soils are essential to life, playing important roles in several processes - climate and flood regulation, nutrient cycling, water purification, carbon sequestration, provision of food, fibre and fuel. However, our soils are exposed to several threats, such as contamination by heavy metals, pesticides, pharmaceuticals or even by saltwater. Soil contamination mainly occurs as a consequence of human activities, for example by the use of fertilizers, wastewater irrigation, or pesticides in agriculture. Soil contamination can also occur naturally, as in the case of saltwater intrusion.
Pollution of the soil can be hazardous to the health of humans, animals, and plants through direct exposure, or indirectly through contamination of ground- and surface water. The processes that occur in the soil are complex, as it is a mix of physicochemical and biological processes. Understanding these processes is important in order to determine and predict the fate of contaminants in the soil, and assess the risk to the public health or environment.
The key topics of this symposium are the transport and fate of contaminants in the soil, the related risk to human health or the environment, and remediation of the soil. The symposium will cover both experimental studies and modelling.