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25 Sept. 2023


The Information-based Strategies for Land Remediation (ISLANDR) Horizon Europe research activities are designed to provide tools and methods to support: (1) the delineation of polluted soils across Europe, (2) an evidence-based assessment of the risks posed by polluted soils, (3) the promotion of sustainable and risk-based land management practices, (4) the inclusion of a wider valuation approach in financial and investment cases, (5) a closer integration of land contamination and spatial planning decision-making and overall to (6) deliver key policy-relevant findings related to the Soil Strategy, the proposed Soil Health Law, and other areas of policy where soils are crucial.

In order to road-test the project’s findings, seven ISLANDR test areas (ITAs) across Europe have been identified. The ITAs have been selected to cover different land use types, such as urban, peri-urban, rural, agro-forestry, mining, wetlands and coastal areas. The ITAs are characterized by both point and diffuse sources of pollution, as well as by different soil pollution types, such as organic, inorganic, as well as contaminants of emerging concern.

ISLANDR project

Decision Support Tool NWE-SMARTX

The decision support tool called NWE-SMARTX. It is an open source application based on artificial intelligence that suggests innovative valorization paths for the materials present on former metallurgical sites and deposits. The valorised materials can be: minerals, metals and eco-catalysts.

  • Objective: give technical recommendations for valorisation based on the site and material characteristics
  • Content: 5 distinct predictive modules: Geophysics, Metals, Minerals, Excavation and Ecocatalysis

Downlaod the tool after registration under NWE-SMARTX | SPAQUE

Presentation and guidelines on how to use the tool under NWE Regeneratis | SPAQUE

Optimizing Remediation Technologies

To ensure that progress is made toward achieving cleanup standards through active remediation, technology-specific guidance for optimizing 15 selected remedial technologies is presented in a user guide developed by the Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC). For each technology, a description, an example performance plot, and a summary of common operational problems and corresponding optimization recommendations are presented.

Optimizing Remediation Technologies User Guide

Geostats2024 – 12th International Geostatistics Congress

The Geostats2024 – 12th International Geostatistics Congress will take place from 2-6 September 2024 in Ponta Delgada – Azores, Portugal. The registration is now open with an early-bird registration fee under

Registering link

Abstract submission opens on 2 October 2023.


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