The use of sensory perception indicators for improving the characterization and modelling of total petroleum hydrocarbon (TPH) grade in soils

Sónia Roxo, José António de Almeida, Filipa Vieira Matias, Herlander Mata-Lima, Sofia Barbosa

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Abstract

This paper proposes a multistep approach for creating a 3D stochastic model of total petroleum hydrocarbon (TPH) grade in potentially polluted soils of a deactivated oil storage site by using chemical analysis results as primary or hard data and classes of sensory perception variables as secondary or soft data. First, the statistical relationship between the sensory perception variables (e.g. colour, odour and oil–water reaction) and TPH grade is analysed, after which the sensory perception variable exhibiting the highest correlation is selected (oil–water reaction in this case study). The probabilities of cells belonging to classes of oil–water reaction are then estimated for the entire soil volume using indicator kriging. Next, local histograms of TPH grade for each grid cell are computed, combining the probabilities of belonging to a specific sensory perception indicator class and conditional to the simulated values of TPH grade. Finally, simulated images of TPH grade are generated by using the P-field simulation algorithm, utilising the local histograms of TPH grade for each grid cell. The set of simulated TPH values allows several calculations to be performed, such as average values, local uncertainties and the probability of the TPH grade of the soil exceeding a specific threshold value.

Original languageEnglish
Article number129
JournalEnvironmental Monitoring and Assessment
Volume188
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016

Keywords

  • Combining hard data and soft data
  • Mapping of uncertainty
  • Sensory perception indicators
  • Soil contamination
  • Stochastic simulation
  • Total petroleum hydrocarbons (TPHs)

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