Remediation of Groundwater Contaminated by Nuclear Waste: A Workshop on Accelerating Development of Practical Field-Scale Bioremediation Models; An Online Meeting, 23 January to 20 February 2008



A Web-based workshop sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy Environmental Remediation Sciences Program (DOE/ERSP) was organized in early 2008 to assess the state of the science and knowledge gaps associated with the use of computer models to facilitate remediation of groundwater contaminated by wastes from Cold War era nuclear weapons development and production. Microbially mediated biological reactions offer a potentially efficient means to treat these sites, but considerable uncertainty exists in the coupled biological, chemical, and physical processes and their mathematical representation.

Individuals from academia and DOE laboratories with expertise in modeling or microbiology and experience involving groundwater bioremediation participated in the workshop, which involved 10 hours of online meetings over a 5-week period in early 2008 via linked audio and video communication. The objective of the workshop was to narrow the communication gap between modelers and microbiologists, engineers, and scientists, who tend to look at problems from different and sometimes divergent perspectives.