Acquire the knowledge to prevent groundwater pollution and work in the field of groundwater pollution remediation
Course of Hydrogeology (not indispensable)
Course unit content
Contaminants features and migration in the subsurface. Groundwater pollution remediation
Basic concept of Hydrogeology (knowledge and understanding).
Introduction to Environmental Legislation (knowledge and understanding).
Main features and migration of microbial cells, dissolved contaminants, LNAPLs and DNAPLs (knowledge and understanding).
Adventive flow and advetive-dispersion transport (knowledge and understanding).
Breakthrough curves (knowledge and understanding).
Groundwater remediation techniques (applying knowledge and understanding).
Case studies (making judgements).
Forensic Hydrogeology (making judgements and communication skills)
Simulation of a case study with an interdisciplinary approach (communication skills).
Fetter CW. 2008. Contaminant Hydrogeology. Waveland Pr Inc.
Scientific papers from journals
The course will be made of both theoretical and practical lessons. Several case studies will be described and analysed. The lab experience will be focused mainly on the simulation of contaminant transport and bioremediation approaches. The students will work in lab under the supervision of the teacher.
Assessment methods and criteria
Practical problems and the simulation of complex professional works will be used to expand the ability of the students in terms of problem solving and communication. The problems will be analysed through an interdisciplinary approach, using a group work, where each group is made of students coming from Earth Sciences and Technologies, Environmental Sciences and Technologies, and Environmental Engineering.
The students knowledge and ability will be evaluated through an oral exam, made of five questions at least. The laude will be acquired in case of outstanding probelm solving capacity.