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Are geophysical methods effective for characterizing industrial and municipal waste dumps?

08.03.2021 - 14:20 update 15.03.2021 - 11:59
Editors: lukaszmalarzewski

Scientists from the Institute of Earth Sciences of the University of Silesia in the Waste Management journal published an article entitled “Evaluation of geophysical methods for characterizing industrial and municipal waste dumps”, covering research carried out at the reclaimed municipal and industrial waste dump in the area of the Pogoria III reservoir in the town of Dąbrowa Górnicza (S Poland).

The most important goal of the article was to characterize the suitability of various geophysical methods to locate a waste dump while determining the type of sored waste. With these various methods were able to distinguish up to five subsurface layers and identify the detailed geometry of the waste dump, refuse pockets and the structure of the stored waste; the waste type and thickness of the soil cover and underlying host sediments were also differentiated (see Figures).

The presented methodology allows for non-invasive monitoring of former landfills, which is of great importance, among others for environmental protection (e.g. identification of potential pollution sources).

Kondracka M., Stan-Kłeczek I., Sitek S., Ignatiuk D., 2021, Evaluation of geophysical methods for characterizing industrial and municipal waste dumps, Waste Management 125, 27–39. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wasman.2021.02.015

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