The Literature and Review was conducted to identity available surface sediment sampling technologies with an ability to collect undisturbed sediments to depths of up to 1 meter below the water sediment interface. This product includes a Manual, in which the first few pages of the documents have been provided in color and the remainder has been printed in black and white and there's also a CD-ROM version of the manual containing all of the color photography. This survey was conducted using published literature and references, Environmental Protection Agency reports, professional sources, journal articles, internet web sites, sales brochures and other sources as identified. For each piece of sampling equipment or sampling tool identified during the literature search, the following information was collected; general description of the equipment or tool, including its size, shape, weight and composition; manufacturer's name, address, phone number and email; a picture of the equipment or tool; the general mechanism of operation; sample volume collected, chemical and physical compatibility concerns, labor requirements, cost and other requirements such as electrical power or specialized training. Sampling methodologies included in this investigation are grab or core types of sampling devices, as these types are most typically used in collecting surface sediments. In this review, 40 samplers were identified that included 13 grab samplers and 27 core samplers. Grab samplers included in the review are the Ponar, Birge-Ekman, Van Veen, Peterson, Mud Snapper, Scoopfish, Shipek, Smith-McIntyre and others. Core samplers included in the review are the piston, splitcore, box, Vibracore, Mackereth, Ballchek, Carib, Gomex, Phleger and others. These technologies were identified through contacts with centers of contaminated sediments expertise and included in the study. Vendors were solicited to provide required information for the report.
"July 24, 2003." Includes bibliographical references. "Prepared for: Brian Schumacher, PhD, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Exposure Research Laboratory (Las Vegas), Characterization and Monitoring Branch." "GSA contract No. GS-10F-0076K. Order No. T0903BHD4832." Microfiche.