Sediment quality and impact

Current projects relevant to research of sediment quality and impacts.

Project Relevance Further Information
Humber Project ‘LOIS’ Holistic project of which geochemistry was one aspect.


TE2100 Flood risk management for Thames but included geomorphological studies.


Biological Populations Project Ecological study. Cefas
US Corp of Engineers US Approach to managing dredging. The 4 Rs of Environmental Dredging: Resuspension, Release, Residual and Risk.
GEODE project French port authorities study of WID. Contact: Kate Spencer (QMUL)
CIRIA guidance on landfill management (C718) Impacts of climate change on coastal landfill sites and guidance for management.


BGS Contaminant Levels in Thames Estuary Research on historical contaminant levels. Contact: Chris Vane (BGS)

Vane, C.H., Beriro, D. and Turner G. 2015. Rise and fall of Mercury (Hg) pollution in sediment cores of the Thames Estuary, London, UK.Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 105, 4, 285-296.

Lopes dos Santos, R.A and Vane, C.H. 2016. Signatures of tetraether lipids reveal anthropogenic overprinting of natural organic matter in sediments of the Thames estuary, UK. Organic Geochemistry, 93, 68-73.

Development of Sediment Quality Guidelines under the European WFD Development of guidelines at a European level. Crane, M. 2003. Proposed development of Sediment Quality Guidelines under the European Water Framework Directive: a critique. Toxicology Letters, 142, 195-206.
Evidence Base on the Need for Action to Address In-situ Contaminated Sediment in England DEFRA/Royal Haskoning DHV Project to meet WFD, MSF and HabsD. Contact: Alison Hallis (RHDHV)
PLA Estuary Morphology Review of Thames bathymetric surveys and river use trends. Contact: Alex Mortley/Tanya Houston (PLA)
HRW/QMUL Research Project on Water Injection dredging and sediment quality Directly relevant to Thames with local case study. Contact: Kate Spencer (QMUL)