Enhanced knowledge in mercury fate and transport for improved management of Hg soil contamination
1-10-2011 – 31-3-2014


Parties involved:

Overall Aim
The overall aim of the project is to provide recommendations and to highlight needs to improve management of sites contaminated by mercury. Recommendations and needs will be established based on i) enhanced understanding of mercury forms fate, transport and modelling in the vadose zone and on ii) comparison of available and currently used practices in characterisation, assessment and remediation of mercury contamination.

Specific objectives
Recommendations for improved management of mercury contaminated sites are proposed to be formulated through achieving the following specific objectives:

  • To compile knowledge on various forms of mercury fate and transport (chemical species and physical states) in the vadose zone and associated available physical, chemical and thermodynamic constants
  • To improve mercury geochemical modelling to assess and predict mercury species partitioning in the different compartments (air, soil and water) of the vadose zone
  • To compare available and currently used European approaches and practices in characterisation, risk assessment and management of mercury through both literature review and feedback from European practitioners
  • To draw some recommendations and identify further research needs for mercury characterisation, risk assessment and management, based on enhanced understanding of mercury forms behaviour in the vadose zone and on available and currently used practices.

Research coordinator IMaHg: Dr. Valérie Guerin, BRGM France

 Project Deliverables

Peer-reviewed publications

Leterme, B. and Jacques, D. (2015). A reactive transport model for mercury fate in contaminated soil—sensitivity analysis. Environmental Science and Pollution Research.

Leterme, B., Blanc, P. and Jacques, D. (2014). A reactive transport model for mercury fate in soil—application to different anthropogenic pollution sources. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 21(21), pp.12279-12293.