The results and outcomes of the analysis of the degree of contamination of soil cover, by means of magnetic susceptibility, developed in the frame of project “Identification and Monitoring of Contaminated Soils using Innovative Methodology” with acronym (MCSoil) № CB006.1.11.023, have been presented in the frame of the Ninth International Conference “Modern Trends in Science” (FMNS-2021), organized by the South-West University “Neofit Rilski” – Blagoevgrad. The Conference was conducted on 15th – 16th September 2021. The event was attended by representatives of Bulgaria, Russia, Italy, Check Republic, Germany, Great Britain etc., distributed in several scientific fields: Chemistry, Physics, Geography, Ecology and Environmental Protection, Mathematics, Informatics, Technical Sciences, Methodology in Education.
The report emphasizes on the soil magnetic susceptibility properties as indicators of heavy metals pollution in Bobov dol Termal Power plant area. The focus of discussion is on the method for magnetic susceptibility screening for implementation of a new methodology for identification and monitoring of contaminated soils.
Soil testing and monitoring carried out during the period of project’s implementation was fulfiled using a specialized and up-to-day equipment for field measurements, which is designed for rapid, reliable and cost-effective assessment of the magnetic susceptibility, consistent with the natural soil conditions in the both regions. The exact methodology which is used for assessment of the pollution was presented and discussed as well.
The pilot tool for soils samples collection, processing, analyzing and data representation, is based on innovative geophysical methods for cost-effective, sensitive and fast evaluation of the environmental quality of soils. The main advantage of this new methodology is its high sensitivity and possibility for smart adaptation of the method according to the respective site and the existing problem. Also, this method is much faster and cheaper than the traditionally used chemical analysis.