SSS8.3Remediation and restoration of contaminated and degraded soils
|Convener: Vanessa Wong | Co-Convener: Miriam Muñoz-Rojas|
Globally, soils have been severely degraded due to contamination and overexploitation as a result of human activities including agriculture, mining and urban development. Rehabilitation of contaminated and degraded soils is critical to restore the ability of the soil to support vegetation and it is currently one the key issues in land reclamation and ecological restoration. Developing techniques for reconstructing soil following oil, gas and mining disturbance is decisive to avoid soil degradation such as erosion, and improve and maintain soil productivity. Successful remediation and reclamation of contaminated soils will need to consider a number of different factors, including biogeochemical cycling, hydrological processes, erosion and soil stability. Additionally, the use of soil physical and chemical amendments will be required to improve soil fertility and structure for seed germination, seedling establishment and plant survival. This session bring together the latest research, developments and new technologies available for restoration and management of contaminated and degraded soils. We also encourage the submission of contributions dealing with soil rehabilitation and reconstruction as part of land reclamation and restoration.