Department Of Postindustrial Areas Reclamation



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doc. dr hab. Tadeusz Magiera

Head of the Department

dr hab.Tadeusz Magiera, prof. IPIŚ PAN

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Zakład Rekultywacji Terenów Poprzemysłowych



  • dr Michał Bućko
    tel. +48 32 271 64 81, wew. 122,


  • dr inż. Adam Łukasik
    tel. +48 32 271 64 81, wew. 206,


  • dr Marcin Szuszkiewicz
    tel. +48 32 271 64 81, wew. 206,


  • dr Małgorzata Wawer
    tel. +48 32 271 64 81, wew. 206,


  • mgr Maria Szuszkiewicz
    tel. +48 32 271 64 81, wew. 201,



Publikacje Zakładu Rekultywacji Terenów Poprzemysłowych


Statutory works:

Threats from technogenic ferromagnetics to the natural environment, 2005--2010:

· Distribution of technogenic ferromagnetics in various types of forest soils depending on the load of industrial dusts. Leader: Zygmunt Strzyszcz

· Ferromagnetics in technogenic aerosols and their effect on the enhancement of soil magnetic susceptibility and ecological hazard in the soil-plant-human system. Leader: Zygmunt Strzyszcz

· Distribution of ferromagnetics in the soils affected by the coking industry. Leader: Marzena Rachwał

· Spatial variability of the magnetic susceptibility of forest soils and its geostatic and ecological interpretation. Leader: Tadeusz Magiera

Initial stages of the soil forming process in excavations and industrial waste dumps of various origin. 2008--2010. Leader: Zygmunt Strzyszcz.


Projects supported by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education:

· Application of soil magnetometry to evaluation of secondary dust emission hazards to urban parks in the Upper Silesian Industrial Region. 2009--2011, leader: Zygmunt Strzyszcz

· Effect of the coking industry on the magnetic susceptibility and content of PAH and heavy metals in soils. N523 413035, 2008--2011, leader: Marzena Rachwał

· Morphological, geochemical and magnetic characteristics of iron minerals as the soil pollution indicator. N523 074 32/2889, 2007--2010, leader: Tadeusz Magiera

· Application of soil magnetometry in ecological assessment of parks and forests in the central part of the Upper Silesian Industrial Region to fast detection of sites of potential hazard. 2P04G 125 28, 2005--2007, leader: Zygmunt Strzyszcz

· Application of soil magnetometry in investigations of forest soils in areas of magnetic and geochemical anomalies to determine the anomaly origin and define ecological hazard. 3P04G 012 25, 2003--2006, leader: Tadeusz Magiera

· Geogenic or anthropogenic character of magnetic anomalies in Poland--a comparative study of the petromagnetic and geochemical records. 6 P04D 014 16, 1999--2002, leader: Tadeusz Magiera

· Application of the magnetic susceptibility measurement technique in the industrial dust immission monitoring in open areas--the case of high moor peat bogs. T09C 036 15, 1998--2000, leader: Zygmunt Strzyszcz

· Anthropogenic ferromagnetics and their transformations in soils affected by industrial immission. 3P407 066 06, 1994--1997, leader: Zygmunt Strzyszcz



· Preliminary soil monitoring in the areas of potential ecological hazards by using magnetometry as the assistant method. Project ordered by the Ministry of Environment and financed by the National Fund for Environmental Protection, 2003--2006, leader: Zygmunt Strzyszcz


International projects:

· Screening and monitoring anthropogenic pollution over central Europe by using magnetic proxies--MAGPROX--Project within the EU 5th Framework Program of Research and Development, 2000--2003, leader: Zygmunt Strzyszcz

· Integrated Soil and Water Protection: Risk from Diffuse Pollution—SOWA--Project within the EU 5th Framework Program of Research and Development, 2002--2004, leader: Tadeusz Magiera

· Safe Management of Mining Waste and Waste Facilities--SAFEMANMIN--Project within the EU 6th Framework Program of Research and Development, Priority 8.1.: Scientific Support to Policies, 2007--2008, leaders: Zygmunt Strzyszcz, Tadeusz Magiera

· Magnetic susceptibility of the samples from the Soil Monitoring Network of Saxony. Project financed by the Saxon State Agency for Environment and Geology 2003, 2007, leader: Zygmunt Strzyszcz

· Integrated Trans-regional Land-use Decision Support in a context of changes in climate, deposit regimes and social structures for a land-use system in the Euro-Region Neisse--IT-REG-EU, financed by the German co-worker, 2007, leader: Tadeusz Magiera

· Region-crossing transfer and marketing of tools and system solutions for supporting land use planning and management REG-TRANSEKT, 2008, leader: Tadeusz Magiera

· Magnetic susceptibility of subsoil horizons from Saxony and soils from so called Black Triangle Area (Poland--Czech Republic--Germany) 2009--2010, Project financed by GFZ--Geoforschung Zentrum in Potsdam/Berlin, leader: Zygmunt Strzyszcz.


Projects within the scientific network Environment and Human Health:

· Aerosols and hazard of the cardiovascular and respiratory system diseases. Leader: Tadeusz Magiera


Cooperation with industry:

· Project of reclamation of areas degraded by coal mining by using waste rock from the hard coal mine "Andaluzja." Ordered by Kopalnia Węgla Kamiennego „Andaluzja," 1994

· Determination of forms and fractions of sulphur in overburden of the brown coal mine in Niederlausitz (Germany). Ordered by Chair of Soil Protection and Recultivation, Brandenburg University of Technology, Cottbus 1995

· Quantitative and qualitative evaluation of surface waters in the sand mine "Szczakowa." Ordered by: Kopalnia Piasku „Szczakowa" S.A., Jaworzno 1996

· Reclamation of a subsidence basin after coal excavation by using waste rock from the hard coal mine "Centrum-Szombierki." Ordered by Kopalnia Węgla Kamiennego „Centrum Szombierki", Bytom 1996

· Evaluation of usability and rules for application of various types of waste in reclamation of waste heaps and areas degraded by industrial activity. Ordered by the Ministry of the Environment Protection, Natural Resources and Forestry, 1996

· Level of chemical degradation of soils as criterion for usability of arable lands in the Świerklany Commune. Ordered by the Świerklany Commune, 1996

· Possibilities of economic utilization of slag from the power station "Siersza." Stage I: Determination of physical and chemical properties of the slag. Stage II: Evaluation of the slag usability. Ordered by Elektrownia „Siersza," Trzebinia 1997

· Guidelines for reclamation of the excavation in the Field "Siersza"--Sector 3. The technical reclamation project for the excavation in the Sector 3 of the Field "Siersza." Ordered by Kopalnia Piasku „Szczakowa" S.A., Jaworzno 1997

· Chemical composition of technological water from the sources actually used by the power station "Siersza" and forecasting of its quantitative and qualitative property changes up to 2020. Ordered by Elektrownia „Siersza," Trzebinia 1997

· Lime waste dump reclamation project for the chemical plant "Soda Mątwy" in Inowrocław. Ordered by Inowrocławskie Zakłady Chemiczne „Soda Mątwy" S.A., Inowrocław 1998

· Stage reclamation project for the ponds 3 – 6 located in the area of the chemical plant "Soda Mątwy" in Inowrocław. Ordered by Inowrocławskie Zakłady Chemiczne „Soda Mątwy" S.A., Inowrocław 2001

· Horizontal and vertical distributions of the magnetic susceptibility of soils in the vicinity of the 100 m long experimental segment of a forest duct in the premises of the Experimental Forest Station in Siemianice, Forest Inspectorate Laski. Ordered by the Agricultural Academy in Poznań, 2004

· Reclamation project for the pond No. 3 and flooded hollows in the dump B of the chemical plant "Soda Mątwy" in Inowrocław. Ordered by Inowrocławskie Zakłady Chemiczne „Soda Mątwy" S.A., Inowrocław 2005

· Determination of the content of some heavy metals in forest soils of Upper Silesia for the purposes of geostatistical analysis. Ordered by the Institute of Environmental Engineering Systems, Warsaw University of Technology, 2006

· Evaluation of the technology for utilization of mining waste enriched with power station waste--work within the program of liquidation of unfavorably transformed terrains--the environment protection aspect. Ordered by CTL Maczki-Bór, Sosnowiec 2007



· Field and laboratory investigations of:

- Granular and chemical compositions and physicochemical properties of ground and waste

- Magnetic susceptibility of soil as indicator of industrial land contamination (special offer)

· Analyses of the soil environment quality

· Analyses of usability of waste from various activities in reclamation of waste dumps from other activities

· Analyses of possibilities for commercial utilization of waste

· Development of methods for the landscape shaping within mining and industrial areas

· Location of old industrial and municipal waste dumps and ground testing

· Comprehensive assessment of impacts on the soil environment

· Evaluation of suitability of industrial grounds and waste for technical and biological reclamation

· Preparation of documentation to support decisions concerning the reclamation of post-industrial areas

· Projects for technical and biological reclamation of excavations, waste heaps and dumps, ore and coal flotation settling ponds, soda waste and ash settling ponds, and areas affected by industrial immission

· Detailed maps of the spatial distribution of soil magnetic susceptibility due to industrial immission (special offer)



Determination of the level of land contamination due to industrial immission by measurement of the magnetic susceptibility of soils and grounds


At the Institute, the magnetic susceptibility of soils has been dealt with for the last twenty years. These twenty years of experience in the field allowed for the development of soil magnetometry--a new, fast and cost-effective method for in situ determinations of industrial contamination of soils, grounds and sediments. The method is based on measurements of the magnetic susceptibility of the soil uppermost layer and may be applied to early detection of the sites of ecological hazard in urban, agricultural and forest areas, parks, allotments, playgrounds, sport fields, and industrial areas.

Magnetic particles, the cause of the elevated magnetic susceptibility of the uppermost layer of soil, are in the fallen industrial dusts that originate mainly from combustion of solid fuels (hard and brown coal), metallurgic processes (iron and non-ferrous), coking, production of cement, and from vehicular sources. The phenomenon allows for exact determination of the spatial distribution of levels of industrial dust immissions.

Since 1997, thanks to the Foundation for Polish Science and participation in the EU 5th Framework Program of Research and Development, the Institute has had possessed very sensitive, unique in Poland, equipment that allows for field measurements of the magnetic susceptibility. Supported by the GPS, it enables fast and cheap mapping of industrial immission hazard in any area. The measurements may be repeated at the same point (using the GPS) at any time what allows for continuous monitoring of the site. Magnetometric maps may be useful for regional planning at various levels of the administration system (commune, city, county etc.) to categorize areas due to their future use. Differences in the granulometric composition of magnetic particles from various sources allow for determination of the range of influence for various dust sources.

The investigations confirm a very high correlation between increased magnetic susceptibility and increased content of some hazardous heavy metals, such as lead, zinc, cadmium and others, especially in the areas with the dust fall greater than 50 mg/m2.

The method is cost-effective because it eliminates both collection of samples and their further laboratory development. It may also be used as a kind of an "early warning system" for fast identification of the sites where the upper layer of soil comprises significant amounts of heavy metals and the effect of so called "time ecological bombe" may occur.

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