publication . Article . 2017

Determining site-specific background level with geostatistics for remediation of heavy metals in neighborhood soils

Tammy M. Milillo; Gaurav Sinha; Joseph A. Gardella Jr.;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Mar 2017 Journal: AIMS Environmental Science (issn: 2372-0352, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: AIMS Press
The choice of a relevant, uncontaminated site for the determination of site-specific background concentrations for pollutants is critical for planning remediation of a contaminated site. The guidelines used to arrive at concentration levels vary from state to state, complicating this process. The residential neighborhood of Hickory Woods in Buffalo, NY is an area where heavy metal concentrations and spatial distributions were measured to plan remediation. A novel geostatistics based decision making framework that relies on maps generated from indicator kriging (IK) and indicator co-kriging (ICK) of samples from the contaminated site itself is shown to be a viabl...
free text keywords: site-specific background value, contaminated, soil contamination, geostatistics, spatial interpolation, indicator kriging, soil remediation, Environmental sciences, GE1-350
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