The expected project impact matches the goals of the FP7 call, and will contribute to both commercial and scientific advances pertaining to CSIA:

The Call’s “Expected Impact”:     A precise and reliable site characterisation and monitoring design
isoSoil Impact:               
  • Development of compound-specific isotope analyses (CSIA) of 13C/12C, 2H/1H, 15N/14N, and 37Cl/35Cl as powerful novel tools for improved site-specific characterization and monitoring of microbial and abiotic degradation
  • Establishment of generally applicable isotope enrichment factors for common soil contaminants and their microbial and abiotic degradation reactions
  • Development of new analytical methods for higher throughput in CSIA of 37Cl/35Cl and 81Br/79Br
  • Development of web-based commercial software for end-user interpretation of CSIA results for “degradation monitoring”

The Call’s “Expected Impact”:     Improvement in effectiveness of remediation and mitigation
isoSoil Objective                                   
  • Application of CSIA “isotopic fingerprinting” (14C/12C, 2H/1H, 37Cl/35Cl, 81Br/79Br) in source apportionment of both regional diffuse and local contamination scenarios
  • Development of web-based commercial software for end-user interpretation of CSIA results for “source apportionment”
The Call’s “Expected Impact”:    Support the implementation of the Soil     Thematic Strategy
isoSoil Objectives                                   
  • Top-down approach: Communicate to established contact points at the EU Environment Directorate and National Protection Agencies how the CSIA tool can significantly contribute to two important component needs identified in the Soil Thematic Stratregy; the “Soil Status Report” and “National Remediation Strategies”
  • Bottom-up approach: Communicate to local authorities, soil managers and enterprises how the isoSoil concept can aid accuracy and cost-effectiveness in evaluation and monitoring of contaminated sites
The research has received funding from the European Community's Seventh.
Framework Programme FP7/(2009-2012) under grant agreement no 212781.