Single-Course English 10 ECTS

Contaminated Sites

Overall Course Objectives

The overall objective is to give the student a platform for a professional behaviour towards risk assessment and remediation of contaminated sites.

Learning Objectives

  • present sources to soil and groundwater pollution primarily from contaminated sites and identify types of sources and important contaminants
  • demonstrate conceptual understanding of contamination of soil, groundwater and surface water from contaminated sites
  • explain the governing processes and identify factors and parameters controlling transport and fate of contaminants in soil and groundwater
  • quantify processes and select parameters for key processes such as transport, dispersion, sorption, volatilization and degradation
  • analyse important elements in risk assessment of contaminated sites and relate results to a practical context
  • apply model tools for transport prediction and risk assessment and report results and main conclusions
  • demonstrate overview over remediation technologies and understanding of their strengths and weaknesses
  • design remediation technologies using analytical tools and simple models
  • select the most suitable remediation technologies in relation to actual hydrogeological, biogeochemical and contamination data
  • assess remediation technologies and design results in relation to process understanding and sustainability
  • synthesize knowledge about an actual well-defined topic using scientific literature and present the results in an abstract and a poster
  • evaluate and give constructive critisism of abstracts/posters presented by other groups

Course Content

Sources to soil and groundwater pollution
Transport, attenuation and degradation of organic pollutants
Soil and groundwater chemistry of heavy metals
Methods for site investigation and risk assessment
In situ and ex-situ technologies for remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater
Sustainability of methods and remedial actions

Recommended prerequisites

12102 Environmental Processes,
12237 Chemicals in the Environment and
12320 Hydrology

Teaching Method

Lectures, exercises, preparation of report, presentation of abstract and poster, guest lectures and excursion to contaminated sites


See course in the course database.





13 weeks




DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 12330
Course type Candidate
Semester start Week 5
Semester end Week 19
Days Tues 8-12, Fri 13-17

15.000,00 DKK