Presentation of the Results of the Analysis of the Degree of Soil Pollution by Magnetic Susceptibility in the Framework of the Ninth International Conference “Modern Trends in Science” (FMNS-2021)

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.

Project „Identification and Monitoring of Contaminated Soils using Innovative Methodology“ – MCSoil has reached its final stage of implementation

The
implementation of the project started in July 2019. The project is a
joint initiative of the RES Cluster and association Center for Medical Herbs
and Berries “AMBROZIJA” – Republic of North Macedonia and is being implemented
under the IPA CBC Programme between Republic of Bulgaria and Republic of North
Macedonia 2014-2020 (CCI No 2014TC16I5CB006).

The project‘s
initiatives were aimed at assessing the specific needs of the region about the
mapping of existing and potential soil contamination. The main project
activities were aimed at the environmental protection through identification
and monitoring of contaminated areas and nature protected areas using an
innovative methodology. 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.

All of that has contributed to the
increase of the awareness of the representatives of the target groups and other
stakeholders about the state of the soil resources in the cross-border region
of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Republic of North Macedonia, as well as it has
impacted on improving of the resource management efficiency with regard to
soils

The
project team of association “Renewable Energy Sources Cluster” express their
gratitude on the interest and active involvement of the partners and the participants
in the project’s initiatives throughout the whole period of the implementation
of project „MCSoil”.

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