Issue 5, p. 205 (2015)

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Counteracting soil heterogeneity sampling for environmental studies (pesticide residues, contaminant transformation) – TOS is critical

  • Z. Kardanpour  
  • O. S. Jacobsen
  • K. H. Esbensen
Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS). Copenhagen. Denmark

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ACABS Research Group, Aalborg University, Denmark, Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS). Copenhagen. Denmark and ACRG Research Group, Telemark University College, Norway

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ACABS Research Group, Aalborg University, Denmark and Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS). Copenhagen. Denmark
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This Ph.D. project aims at development of an improved methodology for soil heterogeneity characterization for ‘next generation’ sampling/monitoring and spatial modeling practices a.o. allowing more realistic pesticide variability in environmental contaminant assessment studies. Such studies typically take place in the laboratory. The key question therefore is: Are current sampling techniques able to counteract the inherent soil heterogeneity met with in the field? Analysis of traditional soil sampling approaches from a Theory of Sampling perspective, the answer is a resounding negative. This contribution summarises the extensive sampling aspects involved in the overall project context, also involving chemometric data analysis with a special twist.

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