Applied and Environmental Soil Science

Integrated Approaches to Soil Contamination Monitoring


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1Technological Educational Institute of Crete, Heraklion, Greece

2Soil Science Institute of Athens, Lykovrisi, Greece

3De Montfort University, Leicester, UK

4University of Basilicata, Potenza, Italy

5Rutgers-Newark, Newark, USA


Integrated Approaches to Soil Contamination Monitoring

Description

Top soil is a very important environmental compartment for many reasons, like it being the medium where plants grow, carbon accumulates, and so forth. But it also represents the "sink" where a wide range of waste materials, in very heterogeneous chemical forms, are disposed of and accumulate. This fact may allow contaminants to move downward the soil profile and reach subsurface and groundwater reservoirs. Agricultural activities can lead to land contamination due to the improper use of pesticides, agrochemicals, fertilizers, conditioners, and several other materials. The problem of contaminated land is exacerbated by industrial activities, including waste disposal and accidental spills that can also contribute to extensive contamination in the near surface environment. Dangerous contaminants can impact the characteristics and productivity of the surface soil as well as the subsurface and valuable natural resources conditions. Soil pollution threats human health, quality of foods, and groundwater but affects also the quality of the air.

Surface and subsurface soil monitoring and characterization can be challenging since chemical analyses at sampling points are local providing an inadequate model of the subsurface. Thus, novel, cost-effective, and multidisciplinary methods are needed to accurately describe surface/subsurface soil contamination whilst monitoring the evolution of the contamination over time producing time lapse models. Continuous advances on characterization methods (such as automated acquisition systems of subsurface parameters), changes in regulatory standards, and the development of remediation systems further complicate this task.

With this special issue, we aim at bringing together scientists from different disciplines, with research focused on surface soil and subsurface contamination. Furthermore we want to highlight recent research advances on characterization and monitoring methods and identify the pathways for their implementation to industry, agriculture, and society to encourage their adoption.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Surface soil monitoring techniques
  • Innovative methods for monitoring and characterization (in soil and waters, etc.) (e.g., geophysics, remote sensing, spectroscopy, and others)
  • State-of-the-art field sampling and interpretation of the data
  • Synergistic site characterization (established and novel methods)
  • Proposals and Inputs to international policy on soil protection

Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 5192691
  • - Editorial

Integrated Approaches to Soil Contamination Monitoring

Pantelis Soupios | Victor Kavvadias | ... | Dimitrios Ntarlagiannis
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 3590548
  • - Research Article

Chemical and Physical Characteristics in Uncultivated Soils with Different Lithology in Semiarid Mediterranean Clima

Daniel Moraetis | Nikolaos Lydakis-Simantiris | ... | Vasilios Perdikatsis
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 5602795
  • - Research Article

Long-Term Dynamics of Urban Soil Pollution with Heavy Metals in Moscow

N. E. Kosheleva | E. M. Nikiforova
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 1480976
  • - Research Article

Combining Geoelectrical Measurements and CO2 Analyses to Monitor the Enhanced Bioremediation of Hydrocarbon-Contaminated Soils: A Field Implementation

Cécile Noel | Jean-Christophe Gourry | ... | Christophe Guimbaud
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 3951486
  • - Research Article

Transport Processes in Porous Media by Self-Potential Method

Valeria Giampaolo | Daniela Calabrese | Enzo Rizzo
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 435741
  • - Research Article

Determination of Tetracycline and Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics at Trace Levels in Sludge and Soil

Marie-Virginie Salvia | Maëva Fieu | Emmanuelle Vulliet
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 253729
  • - Research Article

Aggregate Indices Method in Soil Quality Evaluation Using the Relative Soil Quality Index

Ho Ngoc Pham | Hai Xuan Nguyen | ... | Diep Ngoc Tran
Applied and Environmental Soil Science
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