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INVESTIGATIONS OF SOURCES ON THE ENVIRONMENT
  • Assessment of study area by multidisciplinary team;
  • Entire area analysis (air, water, soil and sediments);
  • Application of advanced and robust tools
  • Results presentation

CONTEXT AND RELEVANCE

Environmental contamination processes are extremely critical in relation to the impacts caused as well as the identification of pollutant source(s).

 

A critical, accurate and confidential assessment performed using appropriate tools, is therefore essential to provide accurate information to public entities, organizations and/or companies involved. Corporate accountability is a vital process which significantly impacts an institution’s budget and image.

 

In this context, our multidisciplinary team uses a wide range of advanced techniques, including isotopic fingerprints, to investigate potential pollutant sources with the necessary resolution and detail, in cases of suspected environmental contamination. 

Case study

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Particulate material for urban atmosphere

 

This type of evaluation allows the identification and detection of particle sources in the air of cities and/or metropolitan areas, as well as quantifying the contribution of the main sources.

This information can be complemented by emissions inventory studies and atmospheric shaping.

Reference

 

Souto-Oliveira, C.E., Babinski, M., Araújo, D.F., Andrade, M.F., 2018. Multi-isotopic fingerprints (Pb, Zn, Cu) applied for urban aerosol source apportionment and discrimination. Science of the Total Environment. 626, 1350-1366. (Link da Publicação)

 

Souto-Oliveira, C.E., Babinski, M., Araújo, D.F., Weiss, D.J., Ruiz, I.R., 2019. Multi-isotope approach of Pb, Cu and Zn in urban aerosols and anthropogenic sources improves tracing of the atmospheric pollutant sources in megacities. Atmospheric Environment. 198, 427 – 437. (Link da Publicação)