Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

SENSE Symposium Soil contamination: scope, advances and challenges

Date: 01 September 2017
Location: Wageningen University, Orion building, Room C2030

This symposium is organised by SENSE PhD candidates Vera Silva, Mousumi Akter, Carlos Faúndez Urbina and Pavan Cornelissen (WUR)

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.

The SCSAC Symposium invites abstracts dealing with one or more advances or challenges in soil contamination, including, but not limited to:

  • (New methods to assess) Presence, transport, distribution and modelling of contaminants in soil
  • Pollutant- soil-plant interactions
  • Exposure and risk assessment
  • Soil remediation options and strategies

Registration and abstract submission should be done before 15th of July of 2017.

The symposium is free of charge. Registration is required.

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