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Contaminants in Complex Hydrogeologic Settings - Research Objectives

Long-Term Field Research at former Naval Air Warfare Center (NAWC), West Trenton, New Jersey

  • Develop an understanding of the hydrological, geochemical, and microbiological processes that affect the movement and fate of toxic chemicals through heterogeneous aquifers
  • Develop and test predictive models of the complex interactions among these processes
  • Examine the processes by which toxic chemicals are removed naturally from aquifers
  • Evaluate methods to enhance the natural cleanup process
  • Ensure the transferability of the knowledge, understanding, model designs, processes, and methods from this research site to other sites

    Ultimately, the research is intended to develop a fundamental understanding of:
  • The hydrogeologic framework in heterogeneous aquifers
  • Aqueous and non-aqueous phase contaminant movement in heterogeneous aquifers
  • Biodegradation methods and rates in shallow and deep heterogeneous aquifers

    The research will advance the state of aquifer knowledge and will provide information that can be used to form the scientific basis for policies and regulations concerning the remediation of hazardous materials in complex hydrogeologic settings.
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