Upcoming Event

Part 3 of 4

Overall Purpose

Through a series of complementary topical sessions, explore scientific issues concerning transport, transformation, and exposure pathways of subsurface contaminants, such as metals, organics, and radionuclides. Examples from a wide range of potential applications include waste site management decision-making, characterizing the spread of contaminants from abandoned mines, and pollution prevention planning for energy development.
This is a collaboration of four boards of the National Academies' Division of Earth and Life Studies:

Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology (BCST);
Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology (BEST)
Board Earth Sciences and Resources (BESR); and
Water Science and Technology Board (WSTB).

Sessions at upcoming meetings of each board will include invited presentations and discussions to address various aspects of this overarching question:

What are Key Challenges and Advances for Assessing the Quality of the Subsurface Environment and Managing Risks?

BESR Session, April 26, 2018 (Part 3 of 4)

This session will focus on the interaction between fluids and heterogeneous rocks in the subsurface. Identification, characterization, visualization, and monitoring of potential fluid pathways (e.g., faults, fractures, contacts between rock units) and fluid behavior will be discussed. The importance of modeling across scales for providing links back to issues raised in the BCST and BEST sessions also will be considered. Other areas to be explored are analytic approaches (e.g., isotopic analysis) for characterizing the origins of potentially harmful substances in subsurface locations.