WP T3 Technical tools for visualisation of contaminated sites

Improving and developing new technical tools for visualisation of contaminated sites will increase knowledge and create better tools for prioritisation and information.

Databases are used in all participating countries to handle and register contaminated sites. To improve the work it is essential to have an efficient system that is developed and regularly updated. During the project guidelines will be developed for how to, in a better and more efficient way, make reviews, assessments and registration of contaminated and potentially contaminated sites.

GIS is a visual tool that is valuable for receiving an overview of contaminated areas. There is although a need to develop better tools regarding investigated and remediated areas. During the project GIS- tools will be created where remediated and investigated areas will be presented and visualised. GIS will be used in the pilot areas for describing chemical, physical and technical data. The result will be valuable in decision making regarding polluted site management. Information about contaminated sites can today be fund at websites of environmental authorities taking part in the project. Habits of the general public have changed and today people are expecting to be able to use smart phones to find information. A part of the project will be to create mobile applications presenting information about contaminated sites including GIS- maps in a more user- friendly way.

Models could be a valuable tool for evaluation of risk and calculate dispersion of polluting substances from contaminated sites to ground and surface water. During the project existing models will be used and developed for calculating transport of pollutions to water bodies. Data from pilot areas are planned to be used in the activity and focus will be on relevant substances addressed in the Water Framework Directive.