Copper leaching from soils: an inventory of available data and model concepts

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In this literature review, major processes controlling copper solubility and speciation in soils are discussed. Different mechanistic model concepts that are currently under development or have been applied at different scale levels are presented as well as empirical approaches that can be applied at the regional or national scale. Special emphasis is given to the role of Dissolved Organic Matter (DOM) since DOM controls both the solubility and transport of copper through soils. Field data on the measured concentrations of copper in Dutch groundwater bodies are presented to assess whether or not current forms of land use already have resulted in a change in groundwater quality. An example of an integrated model approach is presented that enables the user to assess the contribution of leaching of copper from soil to ground- and surface waters. Finally a list of important topics (processes as well as data) that need to be addressed in the future to better understand copper migration through soil are listed.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationWageningen
Number of pages60
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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ISSN (Print)1566-7197


  • soil chemistry
  • heavy metals
  • groundwater quality
  • leaching
  • models


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