Mapping a waste disposal site using Tellus airborne geophysical data

Ulrich Ofterdinger, Christopher Wilson, Martin Robinson, Jean-Christophe Comte, Rachel Cassidy, David Beamish, Alastair Ruffell

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Leakage of fluids from unregulated and/or poorly engineered waste disposal sites poses a significant direct risk to groundwater quality. Characterisation and monitoring of waste disposal sites and potentially associated groundwater contaminant plumes are generally invasive, time-consuming and expensive, particularly when the extent of the plume is unknown. This study examines the value of incorporating of Tellus and Tellus Border airborne electromagnetic (AEM) data into current assessment protocols for the characterisation and monitoring of contaminant sources and subsurface contaminant plumes. The findings demonstrate the feasibility of using airborne and ground-based non-invasive geophysical data as part of existing tiered assessment protocols for prioritising suspected sites and for guiding targeted intrusive investigations and subsequent remediation efforts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnearthed
Subtitle of host publicationImpacts of the Tellus surveys of the north of Ireland
EditorsMike Young
Place of PublicationDublin
PublisherRoyal Irish Academy
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9781908996879
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 2016


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