Introduction to Organic Groundwater Geochemistry

Sydney, Adelaide & Auckland

This is an introductory organic geochemistry course for scientists and engineers working in the fields of groundwater site characterisation, contamination, and remediation. It is designed to provide basic information on organic contaminants and their fate/transport in aquifer geochemical environments. Geochemical processes that will be described and discussed include solution/gas interactions leading to volatilisation and dissolution of volatile organic compounds, adsorption/desorption of organics, natural attenuation along the groundwater flowpath, and biodegradation processes. Data collection, presentation, and interpretation of results will be discussed. Examples that illustrate the concepts are described throughout the class. At the end of this one-day class, attendees will have a better understanding of the types of geochemical processes that affect organic contaminants, the importance of collecting sufficient data to understand site-specific geochemical systems, and the effectiveness of natural attenuation and in situ treatment of organic contaminants.


Bill Deutsch holds a B.S. and M.S. in geological sciences from the University of Washington, Seattle. He has worked at Battelle/Pacific Northwest National Lab in applied research for 13 years and as a consultant for 17 years with Woodward-Clyde/URS and Jacobs Engineering. For the past 8 years, he has been an independent consultant specialising in groundwater geochemistry. His project experience includes environmental assessments and investigations of landfills, refineries, coal ash facilities, pesticides plants, military bases, mines and mills, federal weapons facilities and a wide variety of additional industrial sites. In addition, he has participated in remedial designs of sites contaminated with metals, radionuclides, pesticides, solvents, petroleum hydrocarbons and ordnance compounds. Since 1985, Bill has instructed more than 150 courses on groundwater geochemistry and geochemical modelling. He is the author of Groundwater Geochemistry, published by CRC Press, and is a principal scientist at Geochemistry Services LLC, Port Townsend, Washington, USA.


This workshop will be held in Sydney, Adelaide & Auckland

Times are 9:00am – 4:00pm.

Sydney - Thursday 9 November
123 Pitt Street, Level 27, Sydney NSW 2000

Adelaide - Thursday 16 November
Cowell Clarke
63 Pirie Street, Adelaide SA 5000

For Sydney & Adelaide



Auckland - Wednesday 22 November
Simpson Grierson
88 Shortland Street, Level 27, Auckland 1010 New Zealand 

For Auckland


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