Contaminant Behaviour in Freezing Soils and Permafrost: Fate, Transport, and Transformation

Contaminants can cause significant, long-lasting damage to sensitive terrain. Resource and industrial development increases the risk of environmental damage and presents a particular challenge in Canada where sites are exposed to both seasonal freezing and permafrost-affected terrain. Each contaminant group — LNAPLs, DNALPs, and metalloids — moves differently through seasonally or perennially frozen ground and thus requires its own protocol for contaminant cleanup. Governments, First Nations, environmental agencies, and petroleum and mining companies are responsible for developing strategies that minimize environmental damage. At the same time, governments and regulatory bodies are charged with filling information gaps and developing plans to remediate contaminated sites. The data required to address these problems has not been easily accessible until now. The release of this book set and accompanying databases fills this gap. Contaminants in Freezing Soils and Permafrost: Fate, Transport, and Transformation gives civil and environmental engineers and geoscientists in universities, research institutions, corporations, provincial and municipal governments, and regulatory agencies access to the data and analytical tools required to assess the behaviour of LNALPs, DNALPs, and metalloid contaminants in seasonally frozen soils and permafrost in a variety of settings: Airports and fuel storage depots, Petroleum and mining sites, Military and municipal landfill sites, and Brownfield sites. Containing decades of data and studies, this book set and accompanying databases describe the impacts of climate change on the fate and transport of contaminants, the containment of contaminants in frozen ground, and remediation strategies for brownfields sites. It’s a must-have for all researchers working in this area. T.L. (Les) White, BEnvS (University of Waterloo), MSc, PhD (Carleton University), is an environmental geoscientist whose research spanned more than 40 years in Canada and abroad. He began work as a researcher at the National Research Council of Canada before becoming a visiting scientist at the CNRS in Caen, France; a university research professor and director of the Geotechnical Science Laboratories, Carleton University; a visiting scholar and lecturer at the University of Cambridge; and a permafrost consultant Industry and government departments and is currently with the Canadian Standards Association of Canada.

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