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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

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Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Advanced Level

Approx. 21 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English

Learners taking this Course are

  • Geologists
  • Engineers
  • Researchers
  • Professors
  • Project Managers

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
3 hours to complete

Course Overview and MNA as an Evolving Technology

9 videos (Total 54 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
9 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
4 readings
General Course Information5m
Discussion Forum Guidelines5m
Pre-Course Survey10m
Week 1 Homework Exercises (Optional)1h
1 practice exercise
Week 1 Quiz1h
Week
2
3 hours to complete

Biodegradation Principles

7 videos (Total 65 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
7 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
1 reading
Week 2 Homework Exercises (Optional)1h
1 practice exercise
Week 2 Quiz1h
Week
3
3 hours to complete

Abiotic Degradation Principles

6 videos (Total 65 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
6 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
1 reading
Week 3 Homework Exercises (Optional)1h
1 practice exercise
Week 3 Quiz1h
Week
4
3 hours to complete

Attenuation and Storage in Low K Zones

6 videos (Total 69 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
6 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
1 reading
Week 4 Homework Exercises (Optional)1h
1 practice exercise
Week 4 Quiz1h
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Top reviews from Natural Attenuation of Groundwater Contaminants: New Paradigms, Technologies, and Applications

By MHNov 6th 2016

Excellent course to provide a broad understanding of scientific concepts and current applications of degradation processes and programs critical to modern environmental remediation programs.

By JCJul 8th 2017

Professionally relevant. Lectures had enough bad jokes to be entertaining and keep it interesting. Seems very current with state of practice.

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.

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