Sustainable Use and Management of Soil, Sediment and Water Resources

14th International Conference | 26–30 June 2017 | Lyon, France


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Monday, 26 June 2017 | Please register directly at your course organizer


13:45–17:00 h

Course 1. The Utilization of Compound-Specific Isotope Analysis (CSIA) to asses contaminated sites and evaluate remediation actions

ORGANIZERS:  Prof. Orfan Shauakar-Stash, Adjunct Professor at the University of Waterloo and University of Guelph, CEO of Isotope Tracer Technologies – Canada; Dr. Luca Alberti, Assistant Professor of Politecnico di Milano – Italy; Dr. Massimo Marchesi, Researcher at Politecnico di Milano, CEO of Isotope Tracer Technologies Europe – Italy

CONTACT PERSON: Dr. Massimo Marchesi, Politecnico di Milano, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering (DICA), Piazza L. Da Vinci, 32, 20133 Milano, Italy | Tel: +39-0223996654 &  Fax: 39-0223996602,

Objective: To present the latest advancement in the applications of compound-Specific Isotope Analysis (CSIA) in characterizing and assessing contaminated sites. The potential audience includes environmental professionals, regulators and community stakeholders engaged in management and remediation of contaminated sites.

Overview: Stable Isotope including Specific Isotope Analysis (CSIA) are probably one of the most growing tool applied in contaminant studies. This short course is designed to present the latest advancement in CSIA and the potential applications of stable isotope in general and CSIA in a more specific term in better understanding organically contaminated sites. CSIA have been successfully used in determining the source of contaminations, understanding the fate of contaminants in the groundwater, and evaluating the effectiveness remediation actions including the performance assessment for a broad range of biological (natural and enhanced), chemical (e.g. In-Situ Chemical Oxidation (ISCO) and Permeable Reactive Barriers (PRB) and physical (e.g. thermal treatment and Pump and treat) remediation strategies. In the last decade, CSIA have been extensively applied to many contaminated sites and the outcome proved to be highly successful. Most previous studies heavily relied on 13C-CSIA, however, most of the recent investigations have been employing additional isotopes (37Cl-CSIA and 2H-CSIA). The recent interest in the two dimensional isotope approach (13C and 37Cl) or in some cases three dimensional isotope approach (13C, 37Cl and 2H) is driven by the advancements in the analytical methodologies, laboratory evidences, and also field applications that demonstrated the added value of the application of multiple – CSIA in contaminant studies. The course will include a short introduction about theory and background, followed by an extended presentation of several field case studies, with a special focus on the latest advancements in combining 13C-CSIA, 37Cl-CSIA and 2H-CSIA. A brief overview of other isotopes such 34S, 18O, 15N, 14C, 13C, in sulfate, nitrate, ammonia and DIC as well 18O, 2H and E3H in water will also be presented as part of the short course.


15:00–17:00 h

Course 2. Molecular biology tools and their application to environmental remediation management

Organizer & contact: Jean-Michel Monier (PhD) – ENOVEO | Office Phone Number: +33 (0)4 26 22 16 51 | Cell Phone Number: +33(0)6 18 00 67 58

Objective: Present the different molecular tools available, their use, the kind of information they provide as well as their benefits to environmental remediation management. The potential audience includes environmental professionals (engineers, site managers, regulators, stakeholders...)

Overview: Molecular Biology Tools (MBTs) are a group of advanced techniques used for the analyses of living organisms and biomolecules. In the past 20 years, these tools have found numerous applications in different sectors (diagnostic, medicine, defense, human genetics...) and more recently have been applied successfully to various environmental issues including environmental remediation management. Their growing success in this field lies in the fact that MBTs can complement conventional data (historical, physicochemical, geochemical or hydrogeological data) by providing complementary and often unique information to optimize remediation strategies (detection and quantification of microorganisms, genes involved in contaminant biodegradation, feasibility, rates of degradation processes...). MBTs found their application in each stage of site management, from initial characterization to site closure, can be applied to any environmental matrices such as soil, sediments and water and address most organic contaminants (petroleum hydrocarbons, PAHs, chlorinated solvents, PCBs, perchlorate...) as well as the fate of metallic trace elements. The course will describe the tools available, the type of information they provide, when and how they can be applied for environmental diagnostic and remediation management, as well as illustrate how MBTs can benefit regulators, consultants or stakeholders to better understand their sites and optimize remediation strategies.