Fifth ASTM International Symposium on Contaminated Sediments: Restoration of the Aquatic Environment
Date: May 23-25, 2012
Sponsored by: ASTM Committee D18 on Soil and Rock
Location: Concordia University, 1515 St. Catherine St. W., Montreal, QC, Canada
Symposium Co-Chairs are Catherine N. Mulligan, Ph.D., and S. Samuel Li, Ph.D, Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Canada.
The objectives of the symposium are to:
- Identify sources, types, and behaviour of contaminants
- Discuss and share the state of art of sustainable options for the management of contaminated sediments in marine and freshwater environments for restoration of surface water
- Provide a forum to debate future directions and visions in terms of technical, environmental and economical perspectives
- Promote multilevel involvement and participation of stakeholders in restoration strategies.
The symposium aims to attract a wide variety of papers and audience from multidisciplinary backgrounds. Specific topics to be covered would include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Source control, Sustainability indicators, Fate and transport of contaminants,
- Ecotoxicology and bioavailability, Port and harbour management, Sediment quality assessment tools, Beneficial re-use strategies for dredged materials, Combined treatments
- In situ and ex situ remediation technologies, Natural recovery processes
- Sediment transport, Risk assessment and decision making, Sampling, monitoring and performance evaluation, Habitat restoration and biodiversity
- Sediment and site characterization, Marine sediments, Fresh water sediments, Policies and regulations
A number of case studies have been identified and are expected to include the Great Lakes (United States and Canada), St. Lawrence River (United States and Canada), European harbours, lakes and rivers in Japan, in addition to others.
Who should attend
The audience is expected to include scientists, engineers, regulators, remediation site owners, and other environmental professionals from universities as well as students and consultants.
The language of the symposium will be English.