Ruffell, A, Pringle, JK, Graham, C and Jones, G (2018) Geophysical Assessment of Illegally Buried Toxic Waste for a Legal Enquiry: a case study in Northern Ireland (UK). Environmental Forensics, 19 (4). pp. 239-252. ISSN 1527-5922

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Buried illegal waste and uncontrolled legal waste dumps are a major problem throughout the world, both in developing and more economically developed countries. Criminal investigations can effectively use geoscience investigations to assist them to better understand how to locate and characterise such waste. When a case is brought to the courts, a number of facts must be presented, such as how the waste dump was located; its makeup, any leachate generation/movement; the waste volume and whether it has polluted areas outside of owner’s land. This paper presents a brief overview of how this currently occurs and evidences this by a case study. The case study illustrates how a combination of geodetic topographic and near-surface geophysics surveys were used successfully to determine the amount of illegal waste present on a site, in a case brought by environmental law enforcement agencies.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the author accepted manuscript (AAM). The final published version of this article can be accessed online via Taylor & Francis at - please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: illegally-buried waste, security, geophysics, resistivity, GPR
Subjects: Q Science > QE Geology
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Geography, Geology and the Environment
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2018 08:02
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2019 01:30

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