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Petroleum Fate and Transport Modelling and Its Implications for Landscape-Responsive Design

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Title: Petroleum Fate and Transport Modelling and Its Implications for Landscape-Responsive Design
Author: Ganesan, Sita
Department: School of Environmental Design and Rural Development
Program: Landscape Architecture
Advisor: Corry, Robert
Abstract: Despite investments in clean energy technology and infrastructure, Canada remains a resource-based economy that transports fossil fuels. Most transport is conducted by pipeline, which can cause severe environmental damages because leak detection system sensitivity is low and 15-20% of pipeline leaks go undetected each year. Low impact development (LID) strategies might be applicable to pipeline landscapes to mitigate petroleum leaching to water from small, persistent leaks by incorporating petroleum sorbents with native soils. Petroleum fate and transport models were used to explore the theoretical capacity of a designed sorbent filter soil (SFS) system and to inform design parameters for system construction. Results suggest that design parameters change depending on soil texture, moisture content, and temperature. These designs provide a preliminary framework for landscape architects interested in landscape damage prevention and mitigation that could be applied to areas of concern for petroleum leakage.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/17938
Date: 2020-05
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