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Mapping a waste disposal site using Tellus airborne geophysical data

Ofterdinger, Ulrich; Wilson, C.; Robinson, Martin; Comte, Jean-Christophe; Cassidy, Rachel; Beamish, David; Ruffell, Alastair. 2016 Mapping a waste disposal site using Tellus airborne geophysical data. In: Young, M.E., (ed.) Unearthed: impacts of the Tellus surveys of the north of Ireland. Dublin, Ireland, Royal Irish Academy, 345-359, 15pp.

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Abstract/Summary

Leakage of fluids from unregulated and/or poorly engineered waste disposal sites poses a significant direct risk to groundwater quality. Characterisation and monitoring of waste disposal sites and potentially associated groundwater contaminant plumes are generally invasive, time-consuming and expensive, particularly when the extent of the plume is unknown. This study examines the value of incorporating of Tellus and Tellus Border airborne electromagnetic (AEM) data into current assessment protocols for the characterisation and monitoring of contaminant sources and subsurface contaminant plumes. The findings demonstrate the feasibility of using airborne and ground-based non-invasive geophysical data as part of existing tiered assessment protocols for prioritising suspected sites and for guiding targeted intrusive investigations and subsequent remediation efforts.

Item Type: Publication - Book Section
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3318/978-1-908996-88-6.ch27
Programmes: BGS Programmes > Geological Survey of Northern Ireland
ISBN: 9781908996879
NORA Subject Terms: Earth Sciences
Date made live: 24 Jan 2017 16:09 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/515931

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