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Hours to complete

Approx. 21 hours to complete

Suggested: 3 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Course Overview and MNA as an Evolving Technology

Welcome to the course! In the Course Overview section, you will find general information about the course as well as instructions on how to navigate the course. In the lectures for this week, we will start with history. We look at a general brief history of groundwater remediation, and then a specific history of MNA featuring a list of the key protocols from 1994 to 2015. Special topics include active remediation vs. MNA, and Neat New MNA Technologies, and how degradation, storage, and dilution are all part of the MNA story....
Reading
9 videos (Total 54 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video9 videos
Course Overview1m
Course Navigation1m
Changing Paradigms for Groundwater Remediation7m
Active Remedation vs. MNA10m
History of MNA: Fuels, Solvents, Three Lines of Evidence6m
Key MNA Protocols10m
New Technologies, New Thinking about MNA7m
Three Key MNA Processes: 1) Degradation; 2) Storage; 3) Dilution6m
Reading4 readings
General Course Information5m
Discussion Forum Guidelines5m
Pre-Course Survey10m
Week 1 Homework Exercises (Optional)s
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 1 Quizs
Week
2
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Biodegradation Principles

In this series of lectures, we will learn when biodegradation can or cannot occur and what conditions are conducive to faster degradation....
Reading
7 videos (Total 65 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
Thermodynamic Feasibility of Biodegradation4m
All About Electron Donors and Acceptors6m
Biodegradation Mechanisms: Chlorinated Solvents vs Hydrocarbons8m
Reactions at Interfaces and Sustained Treatment: Emerging Concepts13m
Biodegradation Kinetics: from Monod to First-Order Models8m
Mass Balance Type Calculations11m
Reading1 reading
Week 2 Homework Exercises (Optional)s
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 2 Quizs
Week
3
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Abiotic Degradation Principles

In this series of lectures, we will focus on the principles of abiotic degradation and discuss how these processes support monitored natural attenuation. You will be learning about the key reactions and minerals that are involved in abiotic degradation. We will also be covering what methods are used to determine if abiotic degradation is relevant at a particular site, and the rates at which these reactions may be occurring...
Reading
6 videos (Total 65 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video6 videos
Which Minerals Degrade which Contaminants?9m
Reaction Models13m
Methods and Challenges for Documenting Abiotic Degradation11m
Other Abiotic Reactions: Hydrolysis11m
Application: Does Abiotic Degradation Explain Attenuation Observed at Field Site?9m
Reading1 reading
Week 3 Homework Exercises (Optional)s
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 3 Quizs
Week
4
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Attenuation and Storage in Low K Zones

In these lectures, we will focus on the idea that storage of contaminants in geologic media as a potential natural attenuation mechanism. Under this scenario, certain contaminants diffuse in low permeability media such as silt, clay, and limestone and then eventually reenter the aquifer by a process called back diffusion. Like sorption, this process is not destructive, but attenuates a contaminant plume by sequestering some of the initial loading and then slowly releases it over long time scales. You will learn about diffusion vs. dispersion, see case studies in the lab and field, learn how to sample and model this process, and hear the latest research about degradation processes associated with matrix diffusion....
Reading
6 videos (Total 69 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video6 videos
Diffusion vs Dispersion10m
Matrix Diffusion in the Lab and Field9m
Matrix Diffusion Sampling11m
Groundwater Models for Matrix Diffusion10m
Degradation Processes Within Low-k Zones14m
Reading1 reading
Week 4 Homework Exercises (Optional)s
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 4 Quizs

Instructors

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Pedro Alvarez

George R. Brown Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Charles Newell

Vice President
GSI Environmental Inc.
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David Adamson

Senior Environmental Engineer
GSI Environmental Inc.

About Rice University

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