Semester: 2 / Winter
Lectures/Classes: 15 / 30 hours
Field of study: Environmental Protection
Study cycle: 2nd cycle
Type of course: compulsory
Contact person: Medyńska-Juraszek Agnieszka
Short description: The course is aimed to introduce students into the methods used for assessment of environmental pollution with heavy metals and into the principles of remediation measures. Students prepare the projects of remediation applicable to various cases of lands polluted with heavy metals. They are also introduced into more detailed knowledge concerning the effects of remediation measures carried out in various localities in Poland and in the world.
Full description: General characteristics of heavy metals and their fate in soils. Legal regulations concerning the assessment of soil pollution with heavy metals, including those related to environmental risk assessment. Regulations concerning remediation of contaminated soils. Strategies of remediation and project of remediation. Immobilization of metals. Technical methods of soil decontamination. Phytostabilization and phytoextraction of heavy metals from soils. The examples illustrating satisfactory results of remediation measures carried out in Poland and in the world.
Bibliography: 1. Kabata-Pendias A. Trace elements in soils and plants. CRC Press, 2010. 2. Alloway B.J. (ed.) Heavy metals in soils. Springer Netherlands. 2013 3. Hasegawa H. et al (eds.) Environmental Remediation Technologies for Metal-Contaminated Soils. Springer, Japan, 2016. 4. Bradl H. (ed.) 2005: Heavy Metals in the Environment: Origin, Interaction and Remediation, Academic Press. obligatory 1. Salomons W., Förstner U., Mader P. ( eds.) Heavy metals: problems and solutions. Springer, 2012 2. Tsao D. Phytoremediation. Springer, 2003 3. Karczewska A. et al. 2015: Phytoremediation of copper-contaminated soils. In: Phytoremediation (pp. 143-170). Springer 4. US EPA: Risk Assessment Guidance for Superfund (RAGS),
Learning outcomes: Knowledge Students have the knowledge on natural and human-made sources of heavy metals in the environment, their environmental fate and the factors that determine environmental risk They know legal regulations concerning the assessment of soil pollution with heavy metals and the requirements for remediation of contaminated soils . They have knowledge on technical and natural methods that may be used for remediation of soils polluted with heavy metals. They know the conditions required for usage of particular methods. Skills Students are able to assess the state of soil contamination based on the results of related analyses; they are able to take and justify the decisions on remediation need and remediation strategies. They are able to work out the plan of remediation measures for the sites contaminated with heavy metals – according to one of alternative strategies: immobilization or decontamination Students can predict the efficiency of phytoremediation, and accordingly, take on decisions concerning the choice of plants for phytostabilization or phytoextraction Social competences Students are aware of environmental effects that may be caused by hazardous substances, and can indicate the ways to reduce associated risk They manifest the need to acquire the newest knowledge in the field of environmental protection, and inspire others to get interested in such knowledge.
Assessment methods and assessment criteria: A grade obtained at classes (with considering projects, presentations and writtentests): 50% A grade obtained at the final test on lectures: 50% (the grade must be at least satisfactory)

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