Special Issue "Soil and groundwater resources: sustainable management, pollution prevention, and remediation"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Science and Engineering".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2019).
Interests: innovative and green materials including biochar, nano-materials, and controlled release materials; sustainable remediation technologies; contaminant fate and transport in porous media; sustainability assessment and environmental policy
Interests: interactions between biochar and trace elements; soil amendment with green and sustainable materials; soil stabilization/solidification with novel binders; long-term effectiveness of soil remediation
Interests: remediation of contaminated lands using solidification/stabilization；remediation of contaminated groundwater using permeable reactive barrier; ground improvement; the migration characteristics of pollutants in soil and groundwater
Soil and groundwater are precious non-renewable resources in the terrestrial system. They are also important factors of productivity in human society. Historical anthropogenic activities have caused wide-spread contamination of soil and groundwater. When such soil and groundwater come into contact with human beings, toxic chemicals, such as heavy metals, pesticides, and other organic pollutants, they can be absorbed by the body through dermal contact, ingestion, and inhalation, leading to severe human health problems. In the United States (US), it is estimated that approximately 294,000 contaminated sites require clean up (USEPA, 2004); in Europe, the European Environmental Agency (EEA) estimated that EEA member countries have 2.5 million potentially contaminated sites (EEA, 2014); in China, a national soil quality survey suggested that approximately 16.1% of the nation's land was polluted (MEP, 2014). To achieve sustainable development goals, precious soil and groundwater resources must be managed in a sustainable way. Pollution prevention needs to become a prerequisite of economic development. For land areas that have been contaminated, proper risk management measures need to be in place; and, for seriously contaminated sites, remediation should be conducted to alleviate human health and environmental risks. The sustainable management, pollution prevention, and remediation of soil and groundwater represent important research directions.
For this Special Issue we invite submissions that explore the sustainable management of groundwater resources, methodologies to reduce pesticide and fertilizer usage and to increase productivity in agricultural soil, pollution sources and abatement measures, contaminant fate and transport, spatial distribution and temporal trend of heavy metals and organic pollutants, contaminated site investigation, risk management, remediation of contaminates soil and/or groundwater, long-term management, and optimization. Studies linking science with policy are also welcome.
Dr. Deyi Hou
Dr. Zhengtao Shen
Dr. Fei Wang
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- Groundwater resource
- soil productivity
- contaminated soil
- contaminated groundwater
- pollution prevention
- heavy metal
- organic pollutant