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Funding Reference Number
0330765 A-D

Acronym resp. Short Title

Information on Soil and Land
Site Appraisal and Revitalisation

Project Term
Beginning of the Term: 1st December 2006
End of the Term: 30th November 2009

Date of Update

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Assessment of pollutants in the sustainable management of areas based on availability and bioavailability


Investigation and development strategy of the research consortium BioRefine

Investigation and development strategy of the research consortium BioRefine
Investigations on the bioavailability / availability of pollutants

Investigations on the bioavailability / availability of pollutants

The final objective of the research network provided guidance for the cost-effective recycling and economic reuse of contaminated areas considering the mobility, availability and bioavailability of contaminants. The guidance includes the following modules: a) a set of established methods for the determination of availability, bioavailability and leaching of selected contaminants b) a deciding scheme for the soil use and remediation strategies depending on the (bio)availability of the contaminants c) planning module d) implementation module e) financial strategy module for connecting the remediation and land use with economic aspects and f) quality assurance module.
The economic potential of wastelands and contaminated sites are the investigation of lucrative solutions to develop innovative concepts in reuse and in the revalorization potential of these sites to achieve attractive yields.
So far, soil assessments have mainly been based on the total content of pollutants determined in soils or materials applicable to soils. It is, however, well known and documented in many publications that the extent of harmful effects strongly depends on the availability of pollutants to target organisms. If mobility, availability and bioavailability of pollutants are taken into consideration and serve as a basis for an enhanced risk assessment, it is possible to develop a cost effective remediation strategy for the individual contaminated site.
In the project the methods for the assessment of the availability concentrations had been work out. On a practical approach investigations were conducted on four different contaminated sites. A risk assessment on the availability contents of the contaminants were conducted for these sites. With the results for the specific area the possible reuse had been enhanced.

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Project Management

Mr Prof. Dr. Dr. Konstantin Terytze
Freie Universität Berlin
Institut für Physische Geographie, Ag Organische Umweltgeochemie (FU-OrgU)
Telefon: +49 (0)30 / 838-70348
Telefax: +49 (0)30 / 838-70496

Scientific Co-operation

Mrs Dr. Kerstin Hund-Rinke
Fraunhofer-Institut für Molekularbiologie und Angewandte Ökologie (Fh-IME)
Auf dem Aberg 1
57392 Schmallenberg
Telefon: +49 (0)2972 / 302-266
Telefax: +49 (0)2972 / 302-319

Mr Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Rotard
Technische Universität Berlin
Institut für Technischen Umweltschutz, Fachgebiet Umweltchemie
Telefon: +49 (0)30 / 314-21978/25220
Telefax: +49 (0)30 / 314-23850

Mr Prof. Dr. sc. nat. Rainer Macholz
Prof. Dr. Macholz Umweltprojekte GmbH
Potsdamer Allee 66 / 68
14532 Stahnsdorf
Telefon: +49 (0)3329 / 62937
Telefax: +49 (0)3329 / 62938

Practice Partners

Industrie- und Umweltlaboratorium Vorpommern GmbH – Dr. Droßberg