Tree Coring as an initial screening tool for typical pollutants in the subsurface

Mette Algreen Nielsen, Stefan Trapp

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Previous guidelines report that tree coring is more or less useful for a variety of VOCs, such as BTEX, MTBE, trimethyl benzene, and chlorinated solvents (PCE, TCE, DCE, VC). This new guideline goes beyond the previous guidelines by including the use of a technique to screen for heavy metals, plus some new examples for BTEX. This update is based on field applications at sites contaminated with BTEX, chlorinated solvents, and/or heavy metals. The description of the method and its application covers sampling, chemical analysis, and data treatment, followed by a brief overview of current phytoscreening literature.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages25
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Bibliographical note

Project TIMBRE "An Integrated Framework of Methods, Technologies, Tools and Policies for Improvement of Brownfield Regeneration in Europe". EU FP 7 Grant agreement no. 265364.

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