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Natural Attenuation of Groundwater Contaminants

Cleaning up the large number of groundwater contamination sites is a significant and complex environmental challenge. The environmental industry is continuously looking for remediation methods that are both effective and cost-efficient. Over the past 10 years there have been amazing, important developments in our understanding of key attenuation processes and technologies for evaluating natural attenuation processes, and a changing institutional perspective on when and where Monitored Natural Attenuation (MNA) may be applied. Despite these advances, restoring groundwater contaminated by anthropogenic sources to allow for unrestricted use continues to be a challenge. Because of a complex mix of physical, chemical, and biological constraints associated with active in-situ cleanup technologies, there has been a long standing focus on understanding natural processes that attenuate groundwater contaminant plumes. We will build upon basic environmental science and environmental engineering principles to discover how to best implement MNA as a viable treatment for groundwater contamination plumes. Additionally we will delve into the history behind and make predictions about the new directions for this technology. Any professional working in the environmental remediation industry will benefit from this in-depth study of MNA. We will use lectures, readings, and computational exercises to enhance our understanding and implementation of MNA. At the completion of this course, students will have updated understanding and practical tools that can be applied to all possible MNA sites.

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Rating 4.8 based on 48 ratings
Length 10 weeks
Starts Oct 31 (4 weeks ago)
Cost $5
From Rice University via Coursera
Instructors Pedro Alvarez, Charles Newell, David Adamson
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Language English
Subjects Engineering Social Sciences Science
Tags Physical Science And Engineering Environmental Science And Sustainability

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Mid-level Groundwater Modeler $62k

Contamination Control/Vacuum Chamber Technician $86k

Principal Contamination Control Technician $116k

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Rating 4.8 based on 48 ratings
Length 10 weeks
Starts Oct 31 (4 weeks ago)
Cost $5
From Rice University via Coursera
Instructors Pedro Alvarez, Charles Newell, David Adamson
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Engineering Social Sciences Science
Tags Physical Science And Engineering Environmental Science And Sustainability

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