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Environmental Field Sampling (field energy testing systems)

In order to support a large variety of multidisciplinary research activities, the EERC has extensive experience and capabilities for sampling and monitoring a wide variety of environmental media and processes. Acknowledging the importance of high-quality sample and data acquisition, the EERC's highly trained and dedicated staff have conducted field-based activities to characterize the physical, chemical, and biological properties of soils, surface water, groundwater, drinking and industrial process waters, industrial municipal wastewaters, and natural waters that are extracted as a by-product with oil and natural gas. The EERC has not only used standard sampling methods and protocols as established by agencies such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and ASTM International, but has also developed scientifically based protocols for investigations for which standard methods did not previously exist.

Related EERC projects include the following:

  • Water Management Center
  • Gas Industry Groundwater Research Program
  • Groundwater, soil, and offgas sampling and monitoring for site characterization and feasibility studies and in support of full-scale remedial actions at numerous contaminated sites
  • Treatment of gasification liquor
  • U.S Department of Energy environmental management
  • Demonstration of coal ash for feedlot surfaces


  • Surface and groundwater monitoring and sample collection
  • Installation of surface and groundwater and soil-monitoring equipment
  • Telemetric site management, data acquisition, and transfer
  • Soil sample collection
  • Operation of field analytical technologies
  • Deployment and operation of environmental remediation technologies including field performance monitoring for extraction, injection, and integrated water and offgas treatment systems
  • Deployment and operation of wastewater treatment technologies


The EERC maintains a wide variety of state-of-the art equipment necessary to conduct scientifically valid investigations of environmental media, including the following:

  • Water level indicators
  • Dissolved oxygen meters
  • pH meters
  • Conductivity meters
  • Turbidity meters
  • Soil moisture probes
  • Lysimeters
  • Piezometers
  • Photoionization detectors
  • Flame ionization detectors
  • Real-time Summit hydrocarbon, CO2, and O2 analyzer
  • Mercury vapor analyzer
  • Mercury soil vapor flux measurement chambers
  • Customized field sampling vehicles

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Water Management Center