Title

Evapotranspiration Determination and Modeling for Full Scale Phytoremediation

Presenter Information

Melissa Elder

Department

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Major

Environmental Engineering

Research Advisor

Burken, Joel G. (Joel Gerard)

Advisor's Department

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Funding Source

Opportunities for Undergraduate Research Experience (OURE)

Abstract

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as perchloroethylene (PCE) and trichloroethylene (TCE) are contaminants found frequently in the environment. Due to their location in ground water, detection and remediation of VOCs are difficult but these steps are important in protecting human health. As plants have been shown to uptake VOCs, they have been increasingly used for site remediation and monitoring. Phytoremediation and phytoscreening have been found to be cost effective, easily implemented and more ecologically friendly when compared to traditional methods. Phytoscreening has been applied to seven sites in Missouri that are currently undergoing investigation for remediation.

This project utilizes thermal dissipation probes and evapotranspiration (ET) modeling based on daily climate input and is the key element in projecting the removal rate for pollutants at the site.The ET model and data are being integrated with in-planta pollutant assessment and 3-D groundwater pollution profiling.

Biography

Melissa Elder is a senior in Environmental Engineering minoring in psychology. She is secretary of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, a mentor for the Student Diversity Mentoring Program, and a member of Eco Miners and Engineers Without Borders. She also lives with her sister in the Solar Village on campus. Her interests include American Indian history and culture, reading, traveling, skiing and skydiving.

Research Category

Engineering

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Document Type

Poster

Location

Upper Atrium/Hall

Presentation Date

16 Apr 2014, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Evapotranspiration Determination and Modeling for Full Scale Phytoremediation

Upper Atrium/Hall

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as perchloroethylene (PCE) and trichloroethylene (TCE) are contaminants found frequently in the environment. Due to their location in ground water, detection and remediation of VOCs are difficult but these steps are important in protecting human health. As plants have been shown to uptake VOCs, they have been increasingly used for site remediation and monitoring. Phytoremediation and phytoscreening have been found to be cost effective, easily implemented and more ecologically friendly when compared to traditional methods. Phytoscreening has been applied to seven sites in Missouri that are currently undergoing investigation for remediation.

This project utilizes thermal dissipation probes and evapotranspiration (ET) modeling based on daily climate input and is the key element in projecting the removal rate for pollutants at the site.The ET model and data are being integrated with in-planta pollutant assessment and 3-D groundwater pollution profiling.