Constructed wetlands course in Aarhus University
Department of Bioscience at Aarhus University organised the Constructed Wetlands for Water Pollution Control course from 18th to 24th of June. The aim of the course was to provide an overview of the ecology of freshwater wetlands including hydrology, wetland soil biogeochemistry, and wetland plant ecophysiology. The processes responsible for the transformation of organic matter, nutrients and micropollutants such as pharmaceuticals and personal care products in the wetland environment were described. The state-of-the-art in design techniques based on hydraulics and pollutant removal models in different types of constructed wetland systems was demonstrated as well, along with practical design guidelines and management aspects such as system layout, compartmentalization, substrate selection, inlet and outlet structures, plant selection and planting.
The use of constructed wetland for the treatment of different types of wastewaters, such as domestic and different types of industrial wastewaters, was demonstrated through case-stories from around the world, including systems established in different climate (cold-temperate areas, sub-tropics and tropics, arid and semiarid areas).
Dr. Carlos A. Arias, senior scientific, and Dr. Hans Brix, head of department, were in charged of the lessons, together with experts in the field as Dr. Thomas Headley, and Dr. Pedro Carvalho, among others speakers.
During the intensive training course, the students presented the projects they were working at. Attendants from IMDEA Water (Spain) and from INTEMA (Argentina) talked about different aspects of the iMEtland project.