Characterisation and remediation of contaminated sites

1st level university Master - academic year: 2018/19


Antonio Marcomini
Ca' Foscari University of Venice

Teaching coordinator

Emanuele Argese
Ca' Foscari University of Venice


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This Professional Master's Programme intends to equip participants with the necessary theoretical and practical competencies to handle issues related to the characterization of contaminated sites, define remediation objectives also by means of risk analysis procedures, pinpoint and implement the best available technologies, make reliable forecasts regarding intervention costs and times and the achievement of the remediation objectives set.

Participant will be provided with the instruments necessary to encourage the use of cost-effective and environmentally sustainable technologies necessary for the various categories of pollutants, to promote the use of technologies with limited intervention costs and high environmental sustainability, to foster the use of environmentally-friendly technologies maximising the recovery of contaminated matrices and minimizing waste production and energy consumption.

The course will provide an updated framework of currently available remediation technologies that are sufficiently mature for full-scale application, taking into account research and experience acquired in this constantly evolving sector in recent years. Moreover, it will provide in-depth analysis on issues related to regulations, characterization of contaminated sites, risk analyses, remediation technologies for the various environmental components concerned (soil, subsoil, sediment, surface water and groundwater) planning, management of active and post-closure landfills, safe closure of landfills.

The course will present various examples of soil and contaminated sediment reclamation and related sectors obtained by means of industrial-scale plants using conventional, advanced and multiple technologies. It will describe examples of planning and management of active and post-closure landfills. It will also illustrate several emerging remediation strategies, such as phytoremediation, which has attracted great interest due to its limited intervention costs and high environmental sustainability even though it is not yet applicable on a wide scale.

In fact, traditional remediation methods cannot resolve contamination problems with sustainable costs in relation to legislative requirements. The excavation and disposal of contaminated soil in landfills should be reconsidered since they are in sharp contrast with the principles underlying Italian legislation which tends to focus on techniques that will permanently reduce contamination, preferably in situ, with functional recovery of contaminated matrices.

All remediation techniques will be critically analysed in terms of potential, limits and prospects on the basis of the characteristics of the contaminants and of the geological environment in which they are located. The course will be supported by a strong research base thus providing sound grounding and up-to-date and innovative knowledge on contaminated sites.

Case studies and practical lessons will be extensively used to illustrate the practical applications of the notions taught during the course.

Professional profiles

This Professional Master's Programme aims to shape professionals with high level technical and scientific qualifications who are capable of handling the complex multidisciplinary issues related to the characterization and remediation of contaminated sites.

These professionals will be able to communicate and interact with research institutions, public planning and control facilities, companies and professional firms, and environmental organisations tackling soil contamination and related remediation issues.

Language: Italian

Total places available: 35

Duration of programme: one year

Period: February 2019 – December 2019

Teaching method: formal lectures

Location: Venice Marghera (VEGA PARK - Porta dell'Innovazione building)

Deadline for application submission: January 14th, 2019

Enrolment fee: € 5.000 (in two instalements)

Grants/scholarships: full or partial scholarships covering the registration fee, if given, will be provided by the institution of the instructor

Information: Ca’ Foscari Challenge School; Tutor

Last update: 17/04/2019