|Title||Transport and biodegradation of volatile organic compounds : influence on vapor intrusion into buildings|
|Source||Wageningen University. Promotor(en): Huub Rijnaarts, co-promotor(en): Tim Grotenhuis; P.F.M. van Gaans. - S.l. : s.n. - ISBN 9789461732767 - 149|
|Publication type||Dissertation, internally prepared|
|Keyword(s)||vluchtige verbindingen - organische verbindingen - biodegradatie - biochemisch transport - gebouwen - grondwaterverontreiniging - binnenklimaat - volatile compounds - organic compounds - biodegradation - biochemical transport - buildings - groundwater pollution - indoor climate|
Vapor intrusion occurs when volatile subsurface contaminants, migrating from the saturated zone through the unsaturated zone, accumulate in buildings. It is often the most relevant pathway for human health risks at contaminated sites, especially in urban areas; yet its assessment is controversial. Field assessment of vapor intrusion risk is complicated by two interrelated main factors that are controlled by the contaminant’s properties: transport processes in the unsaturated zone and biodegradation in the unsaturated zone. Commonly available vapor intrusion models either overlook significant properties at the field scale or, conversely, are too complex to be applicable at this scale. Specifically, moisture variation, liquid diffusion, dynamic processes such as water table variations, and biodegradation are not adequately accounted for. As a result, the soil gas and indoor air concentrations predicted by existing models frequently overestimate measured concentrations by several orders of magnitude.