Penn State Webinar Discusses Modelling Pollution

Posted: November 2, 2015

The ability to model subsurface movement of pollutants is a critical need within environmental sciences. On October 28, 2015, Dr. Li Li, an associate professor in Energy and Mineral Engineering at Penn State University, presented an online webinar on Predicting Flow, Transport, and Biogeochemical Reactions in Subsurface Environmental Systems Using Reactive Transport Models.

Reactive transport models (RTMs) represent a quantitative approach to evaluate coupling of physical, chemical, and biological processes that influence earth and environmental systems. RTMs have been used to understand and predict process coupling in a variety of different applications, including chemical weathering, contaminant reactive transport and bioremediation, biogeochemical cycling of important elements, as well as in energy production such as fossil fuel and geothermal energy. In this webinar, Dr. Li demonstrated the use of RTMs in predicting flow, transport, and biogeochemical processes in a variety of applications including, environmental bioremediation of uranium, and the transport and fate of chemicals in spilled Marcellus Shale produced water. These examples highlight the role of RTMs in integrating large and diverse data sets, disciplines, and scales, therefore substantially advancing our knowledge in natural and environmental systems. From a practical point of view, they also support decision making, risk assessment, and environmental stewardship.

The 54-minute recorded webinar and a copy of the presentation slides can be found on the Penn State Extension Water Resources Webinar website at:

Bryan Swistock
Water Resources Specialist
Renewable Natural Resources
Penn State Extension
Department of Ecosystem Science and Management