Ground magnetometric surveys end integrated geophysical methods for solid buried waste detection: a case study

M. Marchetti, L. Cafarella, D. Di Mauro, A. Zirizzotti


The detection of illegal buried waste by means of geophysical techniques has recently become a major effort in shallow geophysical investigations. In particular, detection and location of underground metallic storage tanks can be accomplished using different instruments and techniques. In this paper we describe the results of an investigation carried out in a tuff quarry in Riano Flaminio (north Rome, Italy). A preliminary magnetometric survey revealed the existence of anomalous zones in the analysed region. Excavation in some of the selected areas confirmed that the anomalies were generated by underground magnetic material: over 160 steel drums were found. After their removal, a new magnetometric survey was performed. On the basis of the new map, a multifrequency induction survey, a geoelectrical profile and GPR measurements were taken to extend the characterization of the subsoil.


environmental pollution;geophysical surveys;buried waste;magnetic anomalies

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Published by INGV, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia - ISSN: 2037-416X