In the last decades, a large effort has been carried out to reduce atmospheric pollutant emissions in Europe. However, despite the progresses of the last 30 years (Rogora et al., 2016), water and soil acidification, nutrition unbalance in forest trees, and eutrophication in surface waters are still of great concern. In particular, nutrients that fall on the ground from the atmosphere represent a minor component of the total nitrogen input to soils, especially when compared to agricultural, civil and industrial inputs (EEA, 2005). Although often underestimated, this source apportionment becomes a part of leaching from the soil to groundwater. Therefore, the overarching goal of this study is to identify anthropogenic background values of pollutants in groundwater, not related to direct sources of contamination (e.g., industrial wastes, leakages from sewage systems, fertilizers).

Evaluation of the deposition, infiltration and drainage of the atmospheric pollutants in the vadose zone / M. Masetti, C. Camera, D. Pedretti, S. Stevenazzi - In: Flowtath 2019 : National meeting of hydrogeology / [a cura di] L. Alberti, T. Bonomi, M. Masetti. - [s.l] : LED, 2019. - ISBN 9788855260121. - pp. 234-235 (( Intervento presentato al 4. convegno National meeting on hydrogeology tenutosi a Milano nel 2019.

Evaluation of the deposition, infiltration and drainage of the atmospheric pollutants in the vadose zone

M. Masetti;C. Camera;D. Pedretti;S. Stevenazzi
2019

Abstract

In the last decades, a large effort has been carried out to reduce atmospheric pollutant emissions in Europe. However, despite the progresses of the last 30 years (Rogora et al., 2016), water and soil acidification, nutrition unbalance in forest trees, and eutrophication in surface waters are still of great concern. In particular, nutrients that fall on the ground from the atmosphere represent a minor component of the total nitrogen input to soils, especially when compared to agricultural, civil and industrial inputs (EEA, 2005). Although often underestimated, this source apportionment becomes a part of leaching from the soil to groundwater. Therefore, the overarching goal of this study is to identify anthropogenic background values of pollutants in groundwater, not related to direct sources of contamination (e.g., industrial wastes, leakages from sewage systems, fertilizers).
nitrogen cycle; monitoring; unsaturated zone
Settore GEO/05 - Geologia Applicata
Università degli Studi di Milano
Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca
Politecnico di Milano
International Association of Hydrogeologists - Italian Chapter
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