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) 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 visits are arranged to expose the students to projects at various stages of contamination, remediation and rehabilitation.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of different types of point source and diffuse pollution; (2) evaluate physical, chemical and microbial processes governing pollution behaviour and remediation; (3) analyse chemical, physical and biological data, including basic numerical modelling skills; (4) produce reports about contamination/remediation, recommending appropriate courses of action; and (5) apply environmental risk assessment.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) short reports based on lecture, seminar and workshop content; (2) report on development of a conceptual site model with associated risk assessment; and (3) report on transport and fate of a contaminant plume and the effect of different remediation options,. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Deirdre Gleeson and Dr Andrew Rate
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)
Advisable prior study:
ENVT4401 Advanced Land Use and Management
Contact hours
The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
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