EPA Science Inventory

Tracer Studies In Laboratory Beach Simulating Tidal Influences

Citation:

Boufadel, M. C., M. T. Suidan, AND A. D. Venosa. Tracer Studies In Laboratory Beach Simulating Tidal Influences. R.A. Ferrara (ed.), JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING. American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Reston, VA, 132(6):616-623, (2006).

Description:

Bioremediation of oil spills on tidally influenced beaches commonly involves the addition of a nutrient solution to the contaminated region of the beach at low tide to stimulate the growth of indigenous oil-degrading bacteria. Maximizing the residentce time of nutrients in the beach and subsequently their contact time with microorganisms is a main goal for successful bioremediation. Therefore, understandig the effects of the tide on water flow and solute transport in a beach is an essential task for designing a nutrient application strategy. We investigated these effects by conducting a tracer study in a laboratory beach simulating nutrient application on natural beaches. The study consisted of applying, at low tide, a conservative tracer solution onto the beach surface near the high-tide line and monitoring its movement in the beach subsurface. The tidal motion caused the applied plume to move downward and seaward. The downward movement occurred during rising tides, while the seaward movement occurred mainly during falling tides. The results indicate that nutrients should be applied at the high-tide line during low tides. Guidelines for scaling up the results to natural beaches are provded along with an example.

Purpose/Objective:

To determine the effects of tides on beach flow and transport in a laboratory-scale model using sodium chloride (NaCl) as a conservative tracer.

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Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (JOURNAL/PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL)
Start Date: 06/01/2006
Completion Date: 06/01/2006
Record Last Revised: 03/27/2008
Record Created: 03/04/2008
Record Released: 03/04/2008
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 189109

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL RISK MANAGEMENT RESEARCH LABORATORY

LAND REMEDIATION AND POLLUTION CONTROL DIVISION

REMEDIATION AND REDEVELOPMENT BRANCH