Advanced Tools for Brownfield Site Characterization and Remediation
About Dr. José Luis R. Gallego
Dr. José Luis R. Gallego is currently Associate Professor in the Polytechnic School of Mieres at the University of Oviedo (Spain). He holds a PhD (2004) in Mining, Environmental and Civil Engineering. Dr. Gallego has performed basic research, but also applied projects in the areas of environmental engineering, organic & inorganic geochemistry, and biotechnology, in cooperation with private industry as well as with European and Spanish public entities. He has co-authored 35 articles in ISI-indexed journals, mainly focused on site remediation.
About the Seminar
Brownfield sites can seriously impact soil and (ground)water resources. They can increase environmental and health risks, as well as entail economic and social costs. Multicomponent contamination in these former industrial sites poses a challenge for site characterization and remediation. Therefore, recent approaches are focused on characterization tools beyond quantitative analyses and on sustainable remediation technologies such as nano-, phyto-, or bio-remediation. Case studies from Hg-As and PAH-contaminated sites in northwestern Spain will be presented. In addition, cumulative effects of long-term brownfield presence on the local "anthropocene" sediment records will be discussed.