This project will develop innovative in situ remediation (ISR) concepts for the sustainable management of contaminated land and groundwater, as required by Water Framework Directive (WFD). The research links lab-scale of processes with field-scale evaluation and demonstration of novel technology applications, using state-of-art methods. It will develop new scientific understanding, performance assessment tools and decision-making frameworks which advance the use of sustainable ISR for contaminated land and groundwater.
The research programme will explore the development of ISR concepts by means of 4 critical technical and socio-economic issues (i) existing and future requirements to protect, improve and increase the quality and quantity of groundwater resources, embodied in EU and national legislation; (ii) the need for cost-effective and sustainable remediation strategies for land and groundwater contamination; (iii) huge legacy of contaminated sites impacting groundwater across Europe which compromises the socio-economic well being and sustainable development of Member States, and (iv), the chronic shortage of skilled professional in this area to deal with such problems. Consequently, it will develop new scientific understanding, analytical approaches, performance assessment tools and decision-making frameworks which advance the use of sustainable in situ remediation for contaminated land and groundwater.