A new partnership has been established between Qatar University, United Arab Emirates University, and the University of Waterloo for a 3 year collaborative research project investigating the fate and transport of hydrocarbon pollutants in groundwater. The project is funded through the Qatar National Research Fund, which awarded a grant of $672,000 USD to University of Waterloo researchers. Two of the researchers, who are the project leads for the UW team, are Ecohydrology Research Group members, Dr. Fereidoun Rezanezhad and Dr. Philippe Van Cappellen. The project will use an innovative soil column system, developed in the Ecohydrology Research Group, to delineate the behaviour of petroleum-derived hydrocarbon contaminants in arid climates.
More details about the project can be found on the Water Institute website.