Field investigations of transport and fate of pesticides in a sandy aquifer

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Description

The behaviour of selected pesticides will be studied in the field e.g. migration, sorption, and degradation. A continuous injection experiment has been conducted for ambient flow gradients in an aerobic sandy aquifer. Hydrological and geochemical characteristics of the aquifer are already known. The microbiological and sorption characteristics of the aquifer will be characterized. Selected pesticides and conservative tracer will continuously be injected for a period of 0.5-1 year. Multilevel samplers installed downstream of the injection will be monitored frequently during a period of about two years. The experiment will be evaluated based on: (1)breakthrough curves at sampling ponts downstream of the injection and (2) reactive solute transport simulation of the pesticide plume using a model developed and evaluated in this project. From the breakthrough data, dilution, sorption, and degradation can be determined and field degradation rates calculated. The spatial distribution of the pesticide plume will be determened by synoptic sampling at all monitoring points (2-3 times). The field investigation will be planned in detail autumn 1997.
The project is made in collaboration with GEUS and Department of Hydrodynamics and Water ressources (ISVA). The project is funded by The Danish Environmental Research Programme. The project period is 1997-1999.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date01/01/199731/12/2000

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