United States
Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research

New Release thirteen-volume book set and databases titled "Contaminant Behaviour in Freezing Soils and Permafrost, Fate, Transport, and Transformation"

Contaminant Behaviour in Freezing Soils and Permafrost: Fate, Transport, and Transformation

Contaminants can cause significant, long-lasting damage to sensitive terrain.

Resource development increases the risk of environmental damage and presents a particular challenge in sporadic, discontinuous, or continuous permafrost. Each contaminant group — LNAPLs, DNALPs, and metalloids — moves differently through seasonally or perennially frozen ground and thus requires its own protocol for mitigating spills.

Governments, First Nations, environmental agencies, and petroleum and mining companies are responsible for developing strategies that minimize environmental damage. At the same time, governments and regulatory bodies are charged with filling information gaps and developing plans to contain and remediate contaminant spills.

The data required to address these problems has not been easily accessible until now.

The release of this book set and accompanying databases fills this gap. Contaminants in Freezing Soils and Permafrost: Fate, Transport, and Transformation gives civil and environmental engineers and geoscientists in universities, research institutions, corporations, governments, and regulatory agencies access to the data and analytical tools required to assess the behaviour of LNALPs, DNALPs, and metalloid contaminants in seasonally frozen soils and permafrost in a variety of settings:

Airports and fuel storage depots
Petroleum and mining sites
Military and municipal landfill sites
Brownfield sites

Containing decades of data and studies, this book set and accompanying databases describe the impacts of climate change on the fate and transport of contaminants, the containment of contaminants in frozen ground, and remediation strategies for contaminated sites. It’s a must-have for those concerned about contaminant spills in sensitive terrain.

Les White, B.E.S Waterloo, MSc., PhD Carleton University, is a permafrost geoscientist who has worked for over forty years as government researcher at the National Research Council of Canada, university professor and director of Geotechnical Science Laboratories, Carleton University and as a permafrost consultant to industry and government agencies. To order these resources contact Dr. White directing at white at permafrost.ca or through the website http://permafrost.ca/