Recovery of Contaminated Soil

Program Presentation

Soil contamination is defined as one in which substances that pose a risk to the ecosystem and/or to people's health, are detected in higher than normal concentrations.

Soil is particularly important since it functions as a reactor capable of carrying out complex filtering functions such as decomposition, neutralization, inactivation and storage, among others. That is why it acts as a protective barrier for other more delicate systems, namely hydrological and biological. Soil degrades as the result of different causes (chemical, physical or biological). In this context, the creation of a recovery plan is a key element in the investigation of potentially contaminated sites.

From a practical perspective, the Recovery of Contaminated Soil program provides the tools for a study of the environment and, through sampling and analysis, develops a hazard map to establish corrective measures or to draft a recovery plan for a site.

Who is the programme for?

The Recovery of Contaminated Soil program is especially designed to satisfy two different groups:

  • People without a university who may want quality training in this field for personal gain or experience.
  • University graduates who, in addition to their current education, desire a practical specialization in the recovery of contaminated soils to expand their job opportunities.

Diploma

After successfully completing the Program, the student shall receive a Diploma awarded by the University where they have enrolled with the sponsorship by the Ibero-american University Foundation (FUNIBER).

Program Structure

The estimated duration of the Recovery of Contaminated Soil program is of 100 hours (10 credits)1.

With regard to the distribution of time, it is established that:

  • Being a distance learning program and not subject to instructor-led classes, a specific beginning date is not set, and so the student can register at any time, provided that there are spaces available.
  • For academic and learning reasons, the Programs duration will be between a minimum of one month and a maximum of three months. In this period of time, the student should have supplied all of the program’s corresponding evaluations.

The credit structure of the Recovery of Contaminated Soil program is collected in the following table:

  CREDITSa LENGTHb HOURS
Subjects 10 3 100

a. The equivalence in credits may vary according to the university that awards the degree
b. Duration in months
1.The credit equivalences may vary depending on the university granting the degree.

Objectives

General objectives:

  • To apply corrective and preventive techniques for the recovery of contaminated soil, also to propose modifying behavioral in order to minimize leakage into the ground.

Specific objectives:

  • To prepare and carry out soil decontamination in potentially contaminated sites.
  • To evaluate the degree of solubility of the chemical elements in the soil and to learn to apply appropriate remedial measures.
  • To identify the main sources of potential soil contamination.
  • To analyze the physical, chemical and biological processes that cause changes to the components found in the soil.
  • To lay the groundwork for the successful rehabilitation of degraded soil.

Career Opportunities

Some of the career opportunities of Recovery for Contaminated Soil are:

  • Occupation in municipalities as a technical adviser in the recovery of contaminated soil.
  • Work in a lab of simple analysis.
  • Teaching.

Study Plan

The Recovery of Contaminated Soil program is composed of one topic with five chapters, including two appendices and practical case studies related to this field.

The course allows the student to learn and comprehend, first, the theoretical, conceptual and historical principles involved in the recovery of contaminated soil, second, its organizational, social, and technological implications.

The objective is for the student to acquire a complete perspective of the Recovery of Contaminated Soil based on sustainability, through related multidisciplinary topics.

The chapters that comprise the course are shown in the following table:

  CHAPTERS
1 Indroduction
2 Investigation Phase of the Potentially Contaminated Site
3 Design and Implementation Phase of Sanitation and/or Recovery Techniques
4 Final Control and Maintenance Phase
- Case Studies

Management

  • Dr. Eduardo García Villena. Director of the Environmental Area in the International Ibero-American University (UNINI).

Teaching staff and Authors

  • Dr. Ángel M. Álvarez Larena. Dr. in Geology. Prof. at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
  • Dr. Roberto M. Álvarez. Prof. of the University of Buenos Aires.
  • Dr. Óscar Arizpe Covarrubias. Prof. at the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur, Mexico.
  • Dr. Isaac Azuz Adeath. Prof. at the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur, Mexico.
  • Dr. David Barrera Gómez. Doctor from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.
  • Dr. Brenda Bravo Díaz. Prof. of the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico.
  • Dr. Rubén Calderón Iglesias. Prof. of the European University Miguel de Cervantes.
  • Dr. Leonor Calvo Galván. Prof. of the University of León. Spain.
  • Dr. Olga Capó Iturrieta. Dr. Industrial Engineering. Prof. of the Research Institute in Agropecuarias, Chile.
  • Dr. Alina Celi Frugoni. Prof. of the International Ibero-American University.
  • Dr. José Cortizo Álvarez. Prof. of the University of León. Spain.
  • Dr. Antoni Creus Solé. Dr. in Industrial Engineering.
  • Dr. Juan Carlos Crubía García. Prof. of the University of León. Spain.
  • Dr. Raquel Domínguez Fernández. Prof. of the University of León.
  • Dr. Luis A. Dzul López. Prof. of the International Ibero-American University.
  • Dr. Xavier Elías Castells. Director of the By-product Exchange of Catalonia.
  • Dr. Milena E. Gómez Yepes. Dr. in Project Engineering. Prof. of the University of the Quindio, Colombia.
  • Dr. Ramón Guardino Ferré. Dr. in Project Engineering. Prof. of the International Ibero-American University.
  • Dr. Emilio Hernández Chiva. Dr. in Industrial Engineering. Spanish National Research Council, CSIC.
  • Dr. Cristina Hidalgo González. Prof. of the University of León.
  • Dr. Francisco Hidalgo Trujillo. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University.
  • Dr. Víctor Jiménez Arguelles. Prof. of the Autonomous Metropolitan University. Mexico.
  • Dr. Miguel Ángel López Flores. Prof. of the National Polytechnic Institute (CIIEMAD-IPN).
  • Dr. Izel Márez López. Prof. of the International Ibero-American University.
  • Dr. Carlos A. Martín. Prof. of the National University of the Littoral, Argentina.
  • Dr. Isabel Joaquina Niembro García. Dr. in Project Engineering. Prof. of the Monterrey Institute of Technology.
  • Dr. César Ordóñez Pascua. Prof. of the University of León.
  • Dr. José María Redondo Vega. Prof. of the University of León. Spain.
  • Dr. Gladys Rincón Polo. Prof. of the Simón Bolívar University, Venezuela.
  • Dr. José U. Rodríguez Barboza. Prof. of the International Ibero-American University.
  • Dr. Ramón San Martín Páramo. Dr. in Industrial Engineering. Prof. of the International Ibero-American University.
  • Dr. Raúl Sardinha. Prof. of the Piaget Institute, Portugal.
  • Dr. Héctor Solano Lamphar. Prof. of the International Ibero-American University.
  • Dr. Martha Velasco Becerra. Prof. of the International Ibero-American University.
  • Dr. Alberto Vera. Prof. of the National University of Lanús, Argentina.
  • Dr. Margarita González Benítez. Professor at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain.
  • Dr. Lázaro Cremades Oliver. Professor at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain.
  • Dr. (c) Pablo Eisendecher Bertín. Professor of the Environment Department in FUNIBER.
  • Dr. (c) Ann Rodríguez. Professor of the Environment Department in FUNIBER.
  • Dr. (c) Kilian Tutusaus Pifarré. Professor of the Environment Department in FUNIBER.
  • Dr. (c) Karina Vilela. Professor of the Environment Department in FUNIBER.
  • Dr. (c) Erik Simoes. Prof. of the International Ibero-American University.
  • Mr. Omar Gallardo Gallardo. Prof. of the University of Santiago in Chile.
  • Ms. Susana Guzmán Rodríguez. Prof. of the Central University of Ecuador.
  • Ms. Icela Márquez Rojas. Prof. of the Technological University of Panama.

FUNIBER Training Scholarships

The Ibero-American University Foundation (FUNIBER) periodically delivers an economic baseline with extraordinary character for scholarships in FUNIBER Training.

To apply for it, you only need to send your application for a scholarship on the website's main page with the required data, and the evaluation committee will examine the suitability of your candidature to be granted economic aid, in the form of a scholarship in FUNIBER Training.