The Use of Stable Isotopes to Measure Contaminant Movements in Wetlands

Principal Investigator:

Gerhardt F. Riedel

Start/End Year:

2003 - 2006


Academy of Natural Sciences Estuarine Research Center

Co-Principal Investigator:

Richard Osman, Academy of Natural Sciences Estuarine Research Laboratory


The goal of this project is to develop and test a new approach to examine the degree to which methods used for mitigation and remediation of wetland and estuarine sediments reduce the transfer of contaminants to the environment. We will compare and contrast three proposed mitigation strategies: capping, phytoremediation, and marsh restoration using contaminated sediments.

Related Publications:

Riedel, GF; Sanders, JG. 2003. The interrelationships among trace element cycling, nutrient loading, and system complexity in estuaries: A mesocosm study. Estuaries26(2):339 -351. doi:10.1007/BF02695972. UM-SG-RS-2003-06.

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