Dereliction, Pollution and Contaminated Land
Published:January 01, 2009
Tomorrow’s cities will be built, at least in part, on yesterday's industrial, and probably chemically contaminated, land. Successful risk-based management of the contaminated land legacy of past industrial activity is an important component of managing urban land in a way that is potentially sustainable. Engineering geology has an essential role to play in ensuring that both risk assessments and remediation options are applied, appraised and implemented in ground investigations. Engineering geological parameters, such as particle size distribution (PSD) and soil organic matter (SOM), influence the fate and transport of contaminants in the solid, liquid, vapour and dissolved phases. PSD, SOM and other parameters, including calorific value and moisture content, also determine the feasibility of remediation technologies. Therefore, it is vital that engineering geologists play a central role in managing the risks posed by contaminated land.
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Engineering Geology for Tomorrow’s Cities
This book and the accompanying CD-ROM provide a statement of our knowledge and understanding of engineering geology as applied to the urban environment at the start of the 21st century. In particular, this volume demonstrates that:
working standards originally developed nationally are becoming internationalized;
risk assessment, rather than just assessment of hazards, is driving decision-making;
geo-environmental change, whether climatically or anthropogenically driven, is becoming better understood;
greater use of underground space is being made;
the relentless advance of information technology is providing new opportunities for engineering geologists to interpret and visualize the subsurface.
This book shows that in developed and developing countries alike, engineering geolgists are increasingly exchanging ideas and learning from each other in a genuine two-way process. These ideas will contribute significantly to the sustainable development of both new and long-established urban environments world-wide.