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Divulgación de LIFE Riverphy en Campus Ingeniería UPCT 2014

Divulgación de LIFE Riverphy en Campus Ingeniería UPCT 2014

La cuarta edición del Campus de la Ingeniería, organizado por la UPCT, que tuvo lugar los días 7, 8 y 9 de mayo de 2014, ha contado con una actividad acerca del Proyecto LIFE+ Riverphy, titulada “Uso de plantas para descontaminar suelos: Fitoextracción“. La finalidad de la misma era mostrar, a los alumnos de primaria y secundaria, el uso potencial que tienen las plantas para descontaminar suelos que se encuentran contaminados por metales pesados. Más info

Resultados de la divulgación


Networking with other LIFE Projects

Networking with other LIFE Projects

Contacts with other LIFE projects at regional, national and international level, having similar objectives to those to be achieved with the LIFE Riverphy project have been made. The projects that have already established communication networks, with forecast to shortly expand contacts to other projects, are the following:

  1. LIFE+ Mipolare. Post-mined polluted landscapes reclamation by means of valorization of different residues. LIFE09 ENV/ES/000439. Project Manager: Rafael SANCHEZ MEDRANO. Email: Murcia.
  2. BIOXISOIL – New approach on soil remediation by combination of biological and chemical oxidation processes. LIFE11 ENV/ES/000505. Project Manager: Olga Escolano. Email: Madrid.
  3. I+DARTS – Innovative and Demonstrative Arsenic Remediation Technologies for Soils. LIFE11 ENV/ES/000547. Contact person: José Luis Rodríguez Gallego. Email: Asturias.
  4. LIFE ReSoil – Demonstration of innovative soil washing technology for removal of toxic metals from highly contaminated garden soil. LIFE12 ENV/SI/000969. Contact person: Neža Finžgar. Email: Eslovenia.
  5. DISCOVERED LIFE – Lab to field, soil remediation demonstrative project: New ISCO application to DNAPL multicomponent environmental problem. LIFE12 ENV/ES/000761. Contact person: Jesús Fernández Cascan. Email: Aragón.

All information relating to networking activities is available at the NETWROKING page, in the Main Menu.


Several meetings have been developed. In the January 2014 meeting the beneficiaries discussed about various themes such as landscape study, publishing brochures, posters, the launch of the web site and social networking, plant species most suitable for use in phytoextraction of heavy metals within this stretch of Guadalentin river, etc.

Geotechnical Study

Three mechanical drillings up to 10 m depth were carried out in the three subsections of 500 m in which is divided the stretch of riverbed to rehabilitate with the Riverphy LIFE + project. Through these drillings subsurface material has been extracted for geological characterization and the level of heavy metal in depth has been determined, so that they may assess the extent of contamination by heavy metals. It has been observed that there is only heavy metals pollution in surface.

Geophysical Study

Electrical Resistivity Tomography (ERT) has been applied to characterize different sectors in the riverbed and define the limits and thickness of the different materials. This non-destructive geophysical technique has permitted to determine the contrast of resistivity of subsuperficial geological materials that define the riverbed to estimate the geometry, thickness, structure for different layers. (more…)

Biogeochemical Characterization

A sediment surface sampling of the 1500 m stretch of riverbed Guadalentin has been sampled to determine their physical, chemical and biological characteristics and the level of heavy metal contamination. 60 sampling points, where sediment was taken at three depths, were defined: 0-20 cm, 20-50 cm and 50-100 cm.

Map with the sampling points location.