Contaminant Plume Classification System Based on Mass Discharge
Newell, Farhat, Adamson, Looney
Estimation of mass discharge has become an increasingly valuable analysis technique at sites with contaminated groundwater plumes. We propose a simple plume magnitude classification system based on mass discharge comprised of 10 separate magnitude categories, such as a “Mag 7 plume.” This system can be a useful tool for scientists, engineers, regulators, and stakeholders to better communicate site conceptual models, prioritize sites, evaluate plumes both spatially and temporally, and determine potential impacts.
Ground Water, 49, February 2011, pp. --