Changes in Ecological Properties of Petroleum Oil-Contaminated Soil After Low-Temperature Thermal Desorption Treatment Academic Article uri icon


  • 2016 Springer International Publishing Switzerland. Effects of low-temperature thermal desorption (LTTD) treatment on the ecological properties of soil contaminated by petroleum hydrocarbons were assessed. For this purpose, various ecological properties related to soil health and physicochemical properties of the oil-contaminated soil before and after LTTD treatment were investigated. Total petroleum hydrocarbon concentration, electrical conductivity, organic matter, and total nitrogen decreased while water-holding capacity and available P2O5 increased. The soil color was also changed but textural class was not changed after LTTD. The microbial number and dehydrogenase activity increased following LTTD, but there was no significant difference in the -glucosidase and acid phosphatase activities. Seed germination succeeded after LTTD, but the germination rate was still lower than that in non-contaminated soil as the growth of plants and earthworms was. The results showed that overall soil health related to biological productivity and environmental functions was improved after LTTD and suggested that LTTD could be a better alternative to other harsh remediation methods. However, ecological indicators still show differences to the adjacent non-contaminated level. Therefore, to ensure safe soil reuse, the change in eco-physiochemical properties as well as contaminant removal efficiency during the remediation process should be considered.

published proceedings

  • Water, Air, & Soil Pollution

author list (cited authors)

  • Yi, Y. M., Park, S., Munster, C., Kim, G., & Sung, K.

citation count

  • 47

complete list of authors

  • Yi, Yong Min||Park, Soyoung||Munster, Clyde||Kim, Gukjin||Sung, Kijune

publication date

  • April 2016