Environmental Health - Toxic Substances Hydrology Program

Methods and Tools

New methods and tools are developed and used to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of collecting and interpreting environmental data; measuring and modeling the processes affecting contaminant occurrence, transport, and fate; evaluating the potential implications of existing contamination; and designing management and remediation alternatives.

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Field Methods and Approaches

Measuring contaminant occurrence, quantifying transport processes, and evaluating management and remediation alternatives.

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Measuring Environmental Contaminants

Developing new laboratory methods for measuring contaminants of emerging concern in various environmental media.

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Modeling Tools

Developing and applying simulation and statistical models to enhance environmental data collection and interpretation, and management decisions.

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Geophysical Methods

Characterizing and monitoring environmental properties that affect contaminant migration using non-invasive methods.

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Tracer Tests

Using natural or introduced tracers to identify and quantify the processes that affect contaminant transport and fate in the environment.

Scientist working with analytical equipment in a laboratory

Management and Remediation Alternatives

Evaluating natural attenuation or engineered remediation alternatives designing remediation-performance monitoring.

 

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