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Dr Tristan Rees-White 

Research Fellow

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Dr Tristan Rees-White is Research Fellow within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Tristan Rees-White completed his PhD in landfill leachate management systems in 2007. Prior to this, after finishing a Masters degree in Geology at the University of Wales Cardiff, he was employed as a geologist/engineer for Cleanaway Ltd (now Veolia Environmental Services Ltd), overseeing the construction and maintenance of leachate management systems in south east England.

He has worked within the EPSRC-funded ‘Science and Strategies for the long-term management and remediation of landfills’ project as a full time researcher, designing and carrying out numerous large-scale experiments in both the laboratory and field. The focus of the research has been on the effectiveness of contaminant removal through flushing, by carrying out full-scale tracer test experiments at a number of field site across the UK and in Europe.

Other research areas have included those into the aerobic treatment of wastes, and landfill gas monitoring and augmentation.

He is a member of the University of Southampton’s Waste Management Research Group and a Fellow of the Geological Society.

Research interests

Accelerating the remediation of landfilled waste by the removal of indigenous contaminants though flushing (e.g. by surface irrigation of water), may be an important medium-term solution to legacy landfill sites. In support of this practice, the University of Southampton have developed new field techniques and contaminant transport characterisation tools that can be used in the design and application of flushing as a remediation strategy.

Tristan’s research interests lie in designing and carrying out laboratory and field based tracer tests which help to determine the variables that may affect the efficiency and success of flushing in landfill. determine contaminant transport properties of waste
Field tracer experiment
on a compressed waste sample to relpicate landfill conditions
Laboratory tracer experiment
at an old restored landfill
Contaminant flushing experiment

Research group

Infrastructure Group

Affiliate research group

Waste Management

Research project(s)

How do we reduce the length of landfill aftercare?

Landfill hydraulics

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Dr Tristan Rees-White
Engineering, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton. SO17 1BJ United Kingdom
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