Oil and Metal Pollution (2013-2014)


Trace metals such as mercury are major pollutants of all sectors of the environment while our insatiable demand for oil can result in severe environmental impacts as the recent pollution of the Gulf of Mexico can attest. The aim of the course is to provide an understanding of the sources, behaviour in the environment, fate and impact of trace metals and oil. Comparisons are made between these two groups of pollutants highlighting differences in environmental impact arising from their physical and chemical characteristics. A further aim of the course is to examine the efficacy and environmental impact of strategies and methods of preventing and/or remediating pollution by oil and metals. The course includes a series of case studies examining the impact of specific metal/oil pollutants and pollution incidents, and of the efficacy of prevention and remediation strategies.