The characterization of contaminated sites is a serious issue that requires a number of techniques to be deployed in the field to reconstruct the geometry, hydraulic properties and state of contamination of the shallow subsurface, often at the hundreds of meter scale with metric resolution. Among the techniques that have been proposed to complement direct investigations (composed of drilling, sampling, and laboratory characterization) are geophysical methods, which can provide extensive spatial coverage both laterally and at depth with the required resolution. However, geophysical methods only measure physical properties that are indirectly related to contamination, and their correlation may be difficult to ascertain without direct ground truth. In this study, we present a successful example where the results of complex conductivity measurements conducted in an imaging framework are compared with direct evidence of subsoil contamination at a jet fuel impacted site. Thus, proving that a combination of direct and indirect investigations can be successfully used to image a site in its complex (potentially 3D) structure in order to build a reliable conceptual model of the site.

Delineation of hydrocarbon contaminants with multi-frequency complex conductivity imaging / Flores Orozco, A.; Ciampi, P.; Katona, T.; Censini, M.; Petrangeli Papini, M.; Deidda, G. P.; Cassiani, G.. - In: SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT. - ISSN 0048-9697. - 768:(2021). [10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.144997]

Delineation of hydrocarbon contaminants with multi-frequency complex conductivity imaging

Ciampi P.;Petrangeli Papini M.;
2021

Abstract

The characterization of contaminated sites is a serious issue that requires a number of techniques to be deployed in the field to reconstruct the geometry, hydraulic properties and state of contamination of the shallow subsurface, often at the hundreds of meter scale with metric resolution. Among the techniques that have been proposed to complement direct investigations (composed of drilling, sampling, and laboratory characterization) are geophysical methods, which can provide extensive spatial coverage both laterally and at depth with the required resolution. However, geophysical methods only measure physical properties that are indirectly related to contamination, and their correlation may be difficult to ascertain without direct ground truth. In this study, we present a successful example where the results of complex conductivity measurements conducted in an imaging framework are compared with direct evidence of subsoil contamination at a jet fuel impacted site. Thus, proving that a combination of direct and indirect investigations can be successfully used to image a site in its complex (potentially 3D) structure in order to build a reliable conceptual model of the site.
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