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About the Course

Cleaning up the large number of groundwater contamination sites is a significant and complex environmental challenge. The environmental industry is continuously looking for remediation methods that are both effective and cost-efficient. Over the past 10 years there have been amazing, important developments in our understanding of key attenuation processes and technologies for evaluating natural attenuation processes, and a changing institutional perspective on when and where Monitored Natural Attenuation (MNA) may be applied. Despite these advances, restoring groundwater contaminated by anthropogenic sources to allow for unrestricted use continues to be a challenge. Because of a complex mix of physical, chemical, and biological constraints associated with active in-situ cleanup technologies, there has been a long standing focus on understanding natural processes that attenuate groundwater contaminant plumes. We will build upon basic environmental science and environmental engineering principles to discover how to best implement MNA as a viable treatment for groundwater contamination plumes. Additionally we will delve into the history behind and make predictions about the new directions for this technology. Any professional working in the environmental remediation industry will benefit from this in-depth study of MNA. We will use lectures, readings, and computational exercises to enhance our understanding and implementation of MNA. At the completion of this course, students will have updated understanding and practical tools that can be applied to all possible MNA sites....

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Mar 12, 2020

the course covers all the important details and the lecturers explained it very well. I started from scratch for this course and was not in touch with chemistry and related fields for half a decade.

Nov 5, 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.

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By Brian P

May 16, 2017

Good overview of MNA. Homework problems were interesting, but not mandatory. I think I would have engaged in the course more if I had to complete the homework for a grade.

By Musch

Nov 6, 2016

Give students a whole picture of the MNA and relative techniques. Also provide us with useful tools which can be quite helpful during work.


Feb 21, 2019

It was really a great experience to complete this course with good grade. I have ambition to complete more courses through Coursera.

By P H S A

May 3, 2020

At the description of the course it was written that would be portuguese subtitles, but only the apresentation video had them

By Paul W

Jun 26, 2020

Great course! Felt a little light on hydrocarbon information.

By Jai K R

Aug 1, 2020

thank you all the professor for such a wonderful course

By Susanne M

Dec 5, 2016

Nice course with lots of background information


May 19, 2018

Great learning experience, Thank you

By Youssef D

Jun 21, 2020

Thank you, I'm from Morocco


Jun 5, 2020

Nice course

By Eduardo E R S

Aug 6, 2018



May 28, 2020

one of the toughest subject in coursera.