P18. Urban mineralogy and biogeochemistry: multi-scale, multi- matrices and multi-instrumental investigations


Congressi SGI-SIMP

  • Ruggero Vigliaturo - Università degli Studi di Torino
  • Terri-Ann Berry - UNITEC Institute of Technology, New Zealand
  • Elena Belluso - Università di Torino
The urban mineralogy of a certain urban agglomerate is determined by the surrounding geological setting, together with the presence and mineralogical composition of buildings and constructions, streets, parks, industries and factories, exhaust and non-exhaust emissions, and various heterogeneous sources.
The average city or village mineralogical mix is thus extremely complex and might determine a series of detrimental impacts on the environment and human health. Examples of potentially dangerous minerals related to well-known diseases are crocoite from yellow traffic paint, asbestos from roofing, magnetite from multiple emissions sources, and many more.
This session welcomes studies dedicated to the collection and sampling methods, the characterization, and the modelling of complex mineral particle populations retrieved from urban agglomerates and their vicinity.
Particular attention will be paid to multi-scale, multi-matrices and multi-instrumental approaches. Advanced and innovative environmental monitoring, protection and remediation strategy proposals applicable to urban agglomerates will be welcome in this session.
Furthermore, we invite contributions in the areas of segmentation and learning, machine learning, and neural-network approaches applied to the mineral particle population, as well as studies on the interaction between the target biosphere and mineral particles.
Road dust, traffic paint, asbestos, medical mineralogy