AquaConSoil 2015 – Themes



13th International UFZ-Deltares Conference on

Sustainable Use and Management of Soil, Sediment and Water Resources

9–12 June 2015 • Copenhagen, Denmark

The Call for abstracts is closed, but you may still submit a late poster abstract. Please send it directly to the conference secretary.



Theme 1. Dealing with contamination of soil, groundwater and sediment

Developments in technologies, policies, concepts, regulation, management


1a. Assessment and monitoring

Suggested topics:

Novel monitoring approaches, adaptive monitoring based on real time data, model driven, etc.), passive sampling, minimum- invasive techniques; direct push, geophysics, remote sensing, persistence of historical and emerging  subsurface contaminations, from target/non-target analysis to tox-tests and biological effects, molecular monitoring of microbial processes, in vitro tests, combination of in vitro tests and chemical analysis.


1b. Risk assessment and management

Suggested topics:

Risk assessment and mitigation related to different source-path-receptor routes:

- Indoor air pollution from soil and groundwater pollution

- Impact of sites on soil, sediment and groundwater quality from local to catchment scale

- Linking subsurface activities to above ground risks (and vice versa), e.g. related to CO2 storage, exploration and exploitation of unconventional hydrocarbons such as shale gas,  thermal energy, artificial recharge (water infiltration)

- Diffuse pollution, including emerging compounds, microplastics, salt water intrusion

- Cumulative risks.


1c. Remediation technologies and approaches

Suggested topics:

In situ remediation, chemical- , biological-, thermal technics, phyto remediation; concentration vs. mass and flux reduction, green / sustainable remediation, carbon-footprint, new technologies for emerging compounds, cost-benefit analyses of contaminated soil remediation.


1d. Regional approaches for groundwater quality management

Suggested topics:

Multiple point sources in urban and rural systems, emerging pollutants (e.g. inorganic and organic, nanomaterials, PFOS, pharmaceuticals), fresh water depletion/salinization/salt water intrusion, microplastics, legal aspects, financial and organizational models for regional groundwater management.


Theme 2. Soil, groundwater and sediment in the biobased, circular economy

Reuse of contaminated land, soil, sediment and water

Suggested topics:

Redevelopment of brownfields, redevelopment of mining areas, reuse of contaminated sediment, reuse of tailings from the mining industry, extraction of nutrients and metals etc. from landfills, sediment and groundwater (mining historical pollution), restoring organic carbon content in soil by reuse of residual streams ( e.g. sludge), the role of soil and sediment in nature based solutions (/eco-engineering).


Theme 3. Managing multiple functions of the subsurface

Competing claims in the subsurface, new subsurface activities, interference

Suggested topics:

Shallow and deep geothermal energy systems, aquifer thermal energy storage (ATES), regional management of subsurface energy, management of deep subsurface activities (e.g. CO2-storage, oil/gas storage, waste storage, shale gas extraction, infiltration), ecosystem services based management, spatial planning of the subsurface.


Theme 4 The role of the subsurface in climate change adaptation

Suggested topics:

Subsurface water storage for improving climate change resilience of industry, agriculture and other functions; green infrastructure, artificial soil systems (e.g. green roofs), adaptation measures by citizens and companies (e.g. green roofs, natural drainage), mitigation of salt water intrusion, availability of fresh water, reducing the urban heath island effect.


Publication Opportunities of AquaConSoil 2015

Presenters at AquaCoSoil2015 have two options for publishing their work:

1. Submit a scientific paper, related to the presentation, to the AquaConSoil special issue of Science of the Total Environment (STOTEN) journal.

This option is open to scientific papers only. These papers will be subjected to a fast peer review by AquaConSoil dedicated guest editors and preselected reviewers.

Science of the Total Environment is an international journal for publication of original research on the total environment. The editors discourage submission of papers which describe results from routine surveys or monitoring programs and studies which are local in scope. The abstract, highlights and conclusions of papers in this journal must contain clear and concise statements as to why the study was done and how readers will benefit from the results.

2. Publication of a full paper, related to the presentation, in the AquaConSoil Proceedings. This option is open to both scientific papers and papers that have a more practical character. The Proceedings do not involve peer review.




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