Journal article

Sorption and transport behavior of zinc in the soil; Implications for stormwater management

A Behroozi, M Arora, TD Fletcher, AW Western

Geoderma | Elsevier | Published : 2020


Long-term leaching of accumulated heavy metals from the filter media of stormwater infiltration systems into groundwater, and its subsequent movement into receiving waters, is a concern for stormwater management in urban landscapes. This study provides a critical understanding of the fate of heavy metals, in particular zinc, in the subsurface to improve stormwater management. We studied the sorption behavior of zinc during its transport in soil using batch and column experiments. The use of sorption parameters from batch studies failed to suitably describe the zinc breakthrough curves simulated with the HYDRUS-1D model. While a sharp breakthrough curve front was expected due to the nonlinear..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors thank the Materials Characterization and Fabrication Platform (MCFP) at the University of Melbourne for taking XRD and the support from ARC DP170102870 for the laboratory work. Behroozi was supported by the Melbourne International Fee Remission Scholarship (MIFRS) and Melbourne International Research Scholarship (MIRS) from the University of Melbourne. Fletcher was supported by ARC Future Fellowship (FT100100144) during part of this work.