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  1. Restoration
  2. New functions of the subsurface
  3. Sustainable management of land use and the subsurface
  4. Management of contamination at regional scale

Subthemes and keywords per theme:

 A Restoration

 A1 Environmental footprint

  • Green remediation
  • Reduction of environmental footprint of remediation activities
  • Natural soil quality regulation in wetlands
  • Cradle to cradle
  • Soil and sediments as recourses
  • Decision support tools for choosing sustainable solutions (e.g. LCA)

A2 Site investigation: Monitoring & Screening

  • Strategies
  • Heterogeneity and "hot spots"
  • Physical and chemical measurements and analytics
  • Geotechnical and geohydrological investigations
  • Techniques for forensic soil investigation
  • Non to low invasive technologies

 A3 Remediation Concepts & Technologies

  • Isolation: physical, geohydrological
  • Stabilization / solidification / immobilization
  • In situ treatment: physical, biological and chemical
  • Natural attenuation
  • Ecological engineering
  • Management of excavated soil and dredged sediments
  • Costs, communication and acceptance
  • Combination of methods

A4 Complete cases of restoration of sites

  • Mining areas
  • Harbours
  • Brownfields
  • Landfills
  • Complex (former) industrial sites
  • (Former) military sites

 A5 Sediment management and remediation

  • Sediment remediation and management in rivers and lakes
  • Impact of sediment quality on soil and water quality
  • Technologies, concepts and policy
  • Risk-based approach at catchment scale
  • Large scale application of sediment remediation methods


B New functions of the subsurface

  • Cold/heat storage
  • Geothermal energy
  • CO2-storage
  • Subsurface waste storage
  • Carbon sink management
  • Water storage management
  • Combined and new functions


C Sustainable management of the subsurface

C1 Policies on soil-water systems 

  • Governmental and industrial policies
  • International strategy / policy
  • Science-policy interfacing
  • Prevention of detoriation
  • Soil quality objectives, target values and policy goals
  • Policy evaluation, social and economic aspects
  • Stakeholder participation
  • Integration/harmonisation of policies

 C2 Functions & Values of soil-water systems

  • Multi-functional use of the subsurface
  • Soil quality requirements
  • Impact of subsurface functions on soil and groundwater
  • Geo-ecology, geo-diversity, biodiversity, soil genomics
  • Ecological status and use of the subsurface
  • The valorization and appreciation of the subsurface
  • Changes in land use, soil use and climate change
  • From the subsurface to the food chain
  • Sustainable land use and ecosystem services

 C3 Fate, Risks & Impacts of contaminants

  • Ecological Risk Assessment (ERA)
  • Exposure modelling and pathways
  • Speciation, bioavailability, leaching
  • Biodegradation products/metabolites
  • Target and trigger values
  • Quality assurance and standards
  • Bioassays, target organisms
  • Dealing with uncertainties
  • Modelling


D Management of contamination at the regional scale

  • Concepts for regional integrated soil and water management
  • Regional groundwater quality
  • Policies: national and international
  • Industrial megasites
  • Regional soil and water quality in urban areas
  • Changes in water cycle (sea level rise and climate change)
  • Urban areas