Mapping of Groundwater Pollution Using Geophysics

PhD defence, Tuesday 17 October 2017, Pradip Kumar Maurya.

2017.10.17 | Trine Berndt Turtiainen Scheelke

Pradip Kumar Maurya

Freshwater systems including surface waters and groundwater are important to society, but the quality of these water resources can be jeopardized by inorganic or organic pollutants leaking into the aquifers from nearby contaminated sites, such as landfills. In order to assess the risk associated with these sites, there is requirement of developing reliable and cost-effective methods for detecting contamination and mapping the spreading of it. Traditionally it is done by drilling boreholes, which is an expensive and ineffective approach.  

In this PhD study Pradip Kumar has applied and developed a new approach using geophysical methods for mapping and tracking the pollutants in the subsurface. These methods can be used to scan the ground from the surface and produce a 3D image of the ground outlining possible pollution. The new approach was successfully used in Grindsted, where groundwater and surface waters are polluted due to a former landfill and a factory site.

The PhD degree was completed at the Department of Geoscience, Science and Technology, Aarhus University.

This resumé was prepared by the PhD student.

Time: Tuesday 17, October 2017, at 13:00
Place: Building 1671, room 137,  Department of Geoscience, Aarhus University, 8000 Aarhus C.
Title of dissertation: Imaging lithology, water conductivity, and hydraulic permeability at contaminated sites with induced polarization
Contact information: Pradip Kumar Maurya, e-mail:, tel.: +4542688445
Members of the assessment committee:
Professor Andreas Weller, Department of Geophysics Clausthal University of Technology, Germany
Dr. Thomas Günther, Leibniz institute for Applied Geophysics. Hannover, Germany
Professor Christian Tegner, chairman of the committee, Department of Geoscience, Aarhus University
ain supervisor:
Associate Professor Anders Vest Christiansen , Department of Geoscience, Aarhus University
Professor Esben Auken, Department of Geoscience, Aarhus University
Language: The PhD dissertation will be defended in English

The defence is public.
The dissertation is available for reading at the Graduate School of Science and Technology/GSST,
Ny Munkegade 120, building 1520, rooms 128-134, 8000 Aarhus C.

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