Geophysical-geochemical investigation of fire-prone landfills

Vladimir Frid, Dmitri Doudkinski, Gady Liskevich, Efim Shafran, Arie Averbakh, Nikolay Korostishevsky, Larisa Prihodko

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This paper deals with the integration of electrical resistivity tomography and geochemical methods for studying four different fire-prone landfills. Landfill gas composition (CH4, H2S, O2, CO, CO2) and subsurface temperature were measured with the constant net 50 × 50 m from the depth 10-60 cm. 28 electrical resistivity tomography lines were surveyed, while Wenner and Sclumberger electrode arrays were employed for all measurements. At the studied sites the landfill gas and temperature measurements mapped gas and temperature anomalies over underground fire sources. 2D electrical resistivity tomography lines, performed over these anomalies, showed these fire sources as high-resistivity zones. The joint employment of the electrical imaging and geochemical survey seems to be a useful tool in carrying out diagnostic investigations at fire-prone landfills.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)787-798
Number of pages12
JournalEnvironmental Earth Sciences
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Electrical resistivity tomography
  • Fire gas mapping
  • Gas composition
  • Landfill

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Soil Science
  • Pollution
  • Geology
  • Earth-Surface Processes


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