Articles | Volume 20, issue 9
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 3719–3737, 2016
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 3719–3737, 2016

Review article 09 Sep 2016

Review article | 09 Sep 2016

Use of column experiments to investigate the fate of organic micropollutants – a review

Stefan Banzhaf and Klaus H. Hebig

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We present a review of how transport and fate of micropollutants, i.e., pharmaceuticals and pesticides that are found in groundwater worldwide, can be studied using a laboratory setup of column experiments. Hereby, transport relevant processes are presented and which compounds and which of their properties can be studied with column experiments. We discuss advantages of this laboratory method and show weaknesses and problems.