PROPER Partners

The consortium behind the project consist of seven partners from Denmark, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Slovenia, France and Portugal. Together, the consortium represent a wide range of climate conditions, geologies, road design practices, administrative frameworks and national practices. All partners have international reputations in scientific research, including monitoring road runoff characteristics, the evaluation of road runoff impacts in the environment in relation to different types and ecological dimensions of receiving surface water and groundwater bodies and the minimization of impacts through the use of sustainable treatment systems.

AAU - Aalborg University, Department of Civil Engineering

Jes Vollertsen holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering with focus on Urban Polluted Waters. He is Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering, Aalborg University, Denmark where he heads the section of Water and Environment as well as the research group on Urban Polluted Waters. Jes Vollertsen is experienced at conducting and managing large research projects that span from gaining fundamental knowledge to implementation as full-scale technologies. Jes Vollertsen is a recognized researcher within the field of Urban Polluted Waters and has numerous research publications. In addition, he has authored text books published at CRC press on both stormwater and wastewater process engineering.

Asbjorn Haaning Nielsen is an associate professor within the group of urban waters at Aalborg University. He is specialized in chemical and biological process engineering with focus on pollutant and pollutant remediation of urban polluted waters. The research is on environmental process engineering of sewer networks with focus on obtaining fundamental knowledge trough experimental studies in the laboratory, pilot scale investigations and in the field. The main research area is devoted to chemical and microbial transformations of wastewater in sewer networks and associated impacts on the environment. 

Diana Stephansens research focus is environmental micropollutants and their impact on aquatic ecosystems. Her PhD project aimed at investigating the accumulation of environmental pollutants in biota and sediments of stormwater detention ponds. During her employment as research assistant and associate professor, she have continued this work including supervising studies on, among others, the presence of microplastic in fauna, water and sediments of stormwater ponds. She has extensive experiences with various microscopy techniques for identification and enumeration, with a range of analytical methods for quantification of micropollutants in plants, animals, sediments and waters.

MDX - Middlesex University Higher Education Corporation

Lian Lundy is a Professor of Environmental Science in the Urban Pollution Research Centre at Middlesex University. Her research to-date has focused on the source, behaviour and fate of urban pollutants, the use and performance of sustainable urban drainage systems and the development of on-line user-friendly decision-support systems at a national and international level. This has resulted in the publication of a series of peer-reviewed papers and the award of over £2.5 million in European, UK Research Council, industry and University funding. Lian is leading WPs 2 and 5 and contributing to tasks within WPs 1, 3 and 4.

Mike Revitt is an Emeritus Professor of Environmental Chemistry in the Urban Pollution Research Centre at Middlesex University and has a wide research experience involving investigations into the sources, assessment, impacts and control of water pollutants in the urban environment. He specialises in urban drainage problems which have been addressed at national, European and international levels. Consultancy projects completed in the UK include the design of a new airport runoff treatment system for Heathrow Airport and the protection of the highway environment using balancing ponds for the Environment Agency. Mike is leading tasks in WP 2, and contributing to activities in WPs 1, 3 and 4.

Bryan Ellis is an Emeritus Professor at the Urban Pollution Research Centre at Middlesex University. His main research interests and experience are in urban diffuse pollution and receiving water impacts. He has published over 400 papers, reports, books etc. including 75 in international peer-reviewed journals of which 32 are specifically concerned with highway runoff and pollution. He served as a consultant to AERC Ltd in the development of the HAWRAT model for the UK Highways Agency 2012 Design Manual for Roads & Bridges (DMRB, Vol.11, Section 3, Part 10). Bryan is contributing to tasks in WPs 1, 2 and 3.

Christophe Viavattene is a Senior Research Fellow within the Flood Hazard Research centre at Middlesex University with more than 10 years expertise in flood risk and water resource management. He was involved in two major EU research project (EU FP6 SWITCH and SCORE-PP) related to mitigating the impacts of urban stormwater run-off using sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) and he has contributed to the development of user-friendly decision support tools. For example, in SWITCH he developed a Decision Support System based on GIS interfaces for evaluating the potential for SuDS implementation and effectiveness at urban scale. Christophe is leading the development of the decision support tool in WP2.

LNEC - Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil

João N. Fernandes is PhD in Civil Engineering from the ISTecnico, Lisbon University and Postdoctoral researcher at National Laboratory for Civil Engineering (LNEC). His areas of expertise are: Integrated management of water resources; Field monitoring of pollution sources and water bodies; hydraulic structures and flood management. Contributes to Tasks 1, 3, 5 and 6

Ana Estela Barbosa is PhD in Biotechnology and Environmental Engineering, Aalborg University, Assistant Researcher at National Laboratory for Civil Engineering (LNEC). Her areas of expertise are: Integrated management of water resources; Field monitoring of pollution sources and water bodies; Characterization and mitigation of environmental impacts of road runoff; Water resources and social preparedness under climate change scenarios. Contributes to Tasks 1, 3, 5 and 6.

Teresa E. Leitão is PhD in Hydrogeology, Senior Research Officer with Habilitation Degree at National Laboratory for Civil Engineering (LNEC) in the field of groundwater quality, with research experience in groundwater monitoring, protection, modelling and reclamation. Tasks 2, 5 and 6

Tiago Martins is MSc. in Hydrogeology working at National Laboratory for Civil Engineering (LNEC) in the field of groundwater, in particular hydrogeological studies requiring the development and improvement of decision support tools to improve groundwater flow and transport, including numerical modeling. Task 2

UL - University of Ljubljana

Mihael Brencic holds PhD in Geology with focus on hydrogeology. He is Associated Professor at the Department of Geology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia where he is teaching courses on hydrogeology, applied hydrogeology, groundwater flow dynamics and karst geology. Mihael Brencic in the past worked for Geological Survey of Slovenia where he gained experiences and conduct and managing various research and industrial projects. He has lead large scale projects on drinking water resources development and management, landfill management, radioactive waste management, mineral waters, regional hydrogeology and engineering hydrogeology. He authored and co-authored several scientific papers and book chapters. Mihael Brencic he has been extensively involved in the program of highway constructions in Slovenia where he was in large part responsible for the hydrogeology of roads. During these activities he has prepared several plans for protection of water resources (with the focus on aquifers) and drinking water resources. He was involved in drainage design of tunnels and deep cuts. Besides practical project he co-authored Slovenian guidelines and prepare professional base lines for legislation on the protection of water resources from negative influences of roads and guidelines for drinking water protection. He has actively contributed to COST351 project WATMOVE (Water Movement in Roads and Embankments) where he was working group leader of the environmental aspects. For his activities in highways and road design and constructions he was awarded by the Slovenian Chamber of Engineers.

CDV - Centrum dopravniho vyzkumu, v.v.i. (Transport Research Centre)

Roman Licbinsky. Professional interests in influence of traffic related pollutants on the environment and human health, risk analysis and assessment, health risk assessment. Assessment of water contamination due to leaching of compounds from road construction materials and influence of winter road maintenance on the roads surounding environment. Specialist on air pollution with particulate matter including sampling, morphology observations (SEM), element content determination (EDX, ICP-MS). Responsible representative for authorized activities exercise (air quality measurements). Technical manager of accredited laboratory.

Contributing to Tasks 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.5, 2.1, 2.3, 2.4, 3.2

Dr. Jiri Huzlik. Expert in chemical analysis of environmental samples by gas chromatography, traffic emissions influence on the environment, management of hazardous chemical substances and preparations, metrology management within the institution, processing uncertainty calculations for the accredited laboratory. Excellent knowledge of MS-Windows Office of the user-level programming procedures in MS Excel and MS Access. He uses the software ADSTAT-QC.Expert, NCSS, STATISTICA, OPSTAT and R for statistical calculations and special programs (Winchrom, GCMSSolution, Mass Hunter etc.) for instrumental analysis control.

Contributing to Tasks 1.2, 1.3, 1.5, 2.1, 2.3, 2.4, 3.2

Vilma Jandova. Professional interest in the issue of water, sediments and soils pollution in relation to both transport operation and materials used for winter road maintenance and road construction,  leaching of compounds from road construction materials, environmental matrices sampling, sample preparation for chemical analyses, implementation of selected toxicological analysis in an accredited laboratory.

Contributing to Tasks 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.3, 2.4

TNO - Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast-natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek TNO

Rianne Dröge is a senior emission inventory expert with a wide-ranging experience within the Netherlands Emissions Registry. Her experience within the Netherlands Emissions Registry includes industrial emissions from individual facilities, emissions from households and emissions from mopeds/motorcycles. She is experienced in developing new methodologies for calculating emissions from several emission sources. One of the new methodologies included a study of microplastics from paint (including road paint) and tyre wear in 2015 (“Emission of microplastics and potential mitigation measures: Abrasive cleaning agents, paints and tyre wear”). Furthermore, she has experience in improvement and reporting of methodologies for emission estimates, contributing to the National Inventory Report (NIR) and project management for TNO’s work on the emission inventory since 2010. She has also used this knowledge in assisting a non-annex I country (Colombia) in setting up their emission inventory.

Jan Hulskotte is a senior emission expert and an active member of the national task group that is responsible for the yearly national assessment of traffic emissions. He is experienced in emission estimates of all types of traffic (road transport, aviation, shipping, mobile machinery). Concerning the topic of the project it has to be noted that he was one of the authors of four original documents versions that are of particular interest for this project: Emission estimates of diffuse sources to surface waters of tyre wear, brake wear, road surface wear and engine oil leaks. Within these documents attention is paid to primary distribution of pollutants towards environmental compartments (atmosphere, water and soil). In his work the emissions of non-tailpipe emissions in general got special attention.

TNO will mainly work in task 1.5 and will contribute to wp 1, 2, 3 and 5.

IFSTTAR - Institut français des sciences et technologies des transports del’aménagement et des résequx

Dr Béatrice Béchet has 20 years of experience as a hydro-geochemist in transport of pollutants in soils, focusing on the colloidal facilitated transport of heavy metals in soils and urban waters, especially in the context of stormwater management. She has developed skills on laboratory and field and laboratory experimentation on particle transfer in porous media and on the interface processes controlling the retention and mobilization of particles in soils. She has been participating in a number of national research projects in the field of urban soil pollution and in European projects (FP4, COST Actions).

Andry Razakamanantsoa, MS, PhD in Environmental Geomechanics. He is presently researcher at the Geomaterials & Modelling in Geotechnics Laboratory of the Geotechnical Engineering, Environment, Natural Hazards and Earth Sciences Dept. of Ifsttar (Nantes, France). Specialist in poromechanics, multiscale study of hydromechanics and chemical behavior of geomaterials and durability. One of his major topic of research is focused on the interaction between soil and atmosphere. Since 2012, in joint collaboration with the Fedération Nationale des Travaux Publics (FNTP) and the Syndicat Professionnel des Terrassiers de France (SPTF), he leads a scientific project focused on water saving for airborne abatement generated during unpaved road construction.

Pierre-Emmanuel Peyneau has a PhD in materials science. He is a researcher at Ifsttar (Nantes, France) since 2009 and mainly works on the modelling and the numerical simulation of water and solute transport in heterogeneous porous media. He is also interested in the hydraulical and geochemical functioning of best management practices, especially swales.