publication . Article . 2008

Forecasting the number of soil samples required to reduce remediation cost uncertainty.

Hélène Demougeot-Renard; Chantal de Fouquet; Philippe Renard;
Open Access English
  • Published: 02 Sep 2008
  • Country: Switzerland
Abstract
Sampling scheme design is an important step in the management of polluted sites. It largely controls the accuracy of remediation cost estimates. In practice, however, sampling is seldom designed to comply with a given level of remediation cost uncertainty. In this paper, we present a new technique that allows one to estimate of the number of samples that should be taken at a given stage of investigation to reach a forecasted level of accuracy. The uncertainty is expressed both in terms of volume of polluted soil and overall cost of remediation. This technique provides a flexible tool for decision makers to define the amount of investigation worth conducting from...
Subjects
free text keywords: Environmental Engineering, Waste Management and Disposal, Pollution, Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law, Water Science and Technology, Environmental remediation, Cost estimate, Engineering, business.industry, business, Sampling (statistics), Soil test, Sample size determination, Sampling design, Total cost, Geostatistics
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