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Objectives in the laboratories:
  • Development of compound-specific isotope analyses (CSIA) of 3C/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

    Theoretical objectives
  • Development of a theoretical framework for general use of isotope fractionation factors for specific reactions, i.e. conversion between different reactions
  • Development of web-based commercial software for end-user interpretation of CSIA results for “degradation monitoring”
  • Development of web-based commercial software for end-user interpretation of CSIA results for “source apportionment”
  • Development of statistically optimized spatially-integrated sampling tailored for CSIA assessment of both soil in situ remediation capacity and source apportionment
  • Development of web-based commercial software for end-user guidance for CSIA-geared sampling
Objectives in the field:
  • Application of CSIA “isotopic fingerprinting” (14C/12C, 2H/1H, 37Cl/35Cl, 81Br/79Br) in source apportionment of both regional diffuse and local contamination scenarios
  • Application of the isoSoil concept at a demonstration field site

    Dissemination of knowledge
  • 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: Involvement of enterprises and local authorities that manage field sites will anchor the concepts of isoSoil at the level of actual soil managers and end users. This enables further dissemination by word-of-mouth communication
  • The compilation of user-friendly software to evaluate CSIA data will further ease the dissemination of the isoSoil concept
  • Development of web-based commercial software for end-user interpretation of CSIA results for “degradation monitoring”
  • Development of web-based commercial software for end-user interpretation of CSIA results for “source apportionment”
  • Development of statistically optimized spatially-integrated sampling tailored for CSIA assessment of both soil in situ remediation capacity and source apportionment
  • Development of web-based commercial software for end-user guidance for CSIA-geared sampling
The research has received funding from the European Community's Seventh.
Framework Programme FP7/(2009-2012) under grant agreement no 212781.