ENVT5503 Remediation of Soils and Groundwater

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
This is an advanced unit linking interdisciplinary aspects of soil, groundwater, hydrogeochemistry and biological sciences to form an understanding of pollutant behaviour and of means to mitigate pollutant impact through remediation. The unit focuses on various types of point-source contamination problems (such as hydrocarbons, metal(loid)s), diffuse contamination problems (e.g., agricultural, geogenic arsenic) as well as mining impacts on groundwater quality. A range of common chemical, physical and biological remediation techniques are studied, including natural attenuation and (active) bioremediation. Students are introduced to numerical modelling of the key physical, hydrogeochemical and microbial processes that affect pollutant fate and remediation. Acquired skills are used to assess environmental risks and to plan remediation schemes. Where feasible, site visitsare arranged to expose the students to projects at various stages of contamination, remediation and rehabilitation.
Students are able to (1) understand different types of point source and diffuse pollution; (2) understand physical, chemical and microbial processes governing pollution behaviour and remediation; (3) attain skills to analyse chemical, physical and biological data, including basic numerical modelling skills; (4) attain skills to write consultancy-type reports about contamination/remediation, recommending appropriate courses of action; and (5) understand and apply environmental risk assessment.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) small tutorial-based assessments (30 per cent) and (2) two assignments with essay-type reporting (70 per cent). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Henning Prommer
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Science (70630)
the Master of Agricultural Science (72510)
the Master of Environmental Science (72530)
the Master of Hydrogeology (72540)
the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
(GEOS4401 Hydrogeological Systems
ENVT5510 Soil Dynamics)
Advisable prior study:
ENVT4401 Advanced Land Use and Management
Contact hours
The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
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