Deyi Hou, associate professor of groundwater and soil environment at Tsinghua University in Beijing, will deliver a PEI Special Seminar, "Grand Challenges and Action Plans to Address Soil and Groundwater Contamination in China," at 4 p.m. Monday, April 16, in Guyot Hall, Room 100.
Summary: China's serious soil and groundwater pollution is the root of many public health issues — 60 percent of the nation's groundwater is of poor or very poor quality. In 2016, the Chinese government unveiled an ambitious plan to curb soil pollution and clean-up contaminated land. Hou will discuss how social and biogeochemical complexities — from the behavior of farmers, polluters and regulators, to the transport of contaminants — may hinder the plan's effectiveness. The Chinese must develop policies that account for complex human behavior, strengthen risk-management, and encourage interdisciplinary scientific research.
This event is open to the public.