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Geosciences in industrially affected environments – challenges and multidisciplinary approaches (co-organized)
Convener: Magdalena Sut  | Co-Conveners: Ina Pohle , Veiko Karu 
 / Tue, 14 Apr, 13:30–15:00

In the past years, the anthropogenic alteration of the environment has achieved increasing attention due to its dramatically growing negative impact on ecosystems, which include rising emissions and wastes, climate change, loss of natural resources and biodiversity, planning for devastated landscape rehabilitation etc. Because of the nature of the global environment, industrial pollution is never limited to industrial nations. Furthermore, close and complex interrelations between the different elements of the ecosystems require interdisciplinary understanding and activities (cooperation) in order to ensure successful remediation and reclamation of industrially affected sites including extractive, manufacturing and service sectors. Industrially altered ecosystems are a persisting problem, which is being faced by society, calling for remediation driven by science, engineering and regulatory authorities. Frequently, the solution to this problem needs a multidisciplinary approach, which very often goes beyond the scope of specialization. Therefore, we would like to invite speakers from different backgrounds to present their work and to create an international research group for young scientists that will positively contribute to the field of ecosystems reclamation.

The session aims at multidisciplinary approaches to reduce negative anthropogenic impacts on functions and services of water and soil ecosystems, for example altered hydrological regimes and the origin and distribution of contaminants as well as their potentially toxic effects on other environmental compartments. Contributions are welcome in terms of new experimental design methods and modelling approaches to gain more process-oriented knowledge concerning reactions, retention and release of contaminants as well as remediation and restoration of affected ecosystems.