Spatial Classification of Elevated Temperatures in MSW Landfills

Navid H. Jafari, Timothy D. Stark

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In the United States, FEMA estimates that 8,400 fires occur at Subtitle D (municipal solid waste; MSW) landfill facilities every year. This paper uses landfill indictors, such as gas composition, temperature, slope movement, and settlement, to the effectively delineate the three-dimensional boundaries of elevated temperatures and monitor the growth and/or movement with time. In addition, a conceptual model is proposed to classify a MSW landfill into three zones to determine the transition from normal operating areas to the elevated temperature region, which is important for public health, environmental safety, and appropriate response by landfill personnel, first responders, and regulatory agencies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)285-296
Number of pages12
JournalGeotechnical Special Publication
Issue number271 GSP
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Event3rd Geo-Chicago Conference: Sustainable Geoenvironmental Systems, Geo-Chicago 2016 - Chicago, United States
Duration: Aug 14 2016Aug 18 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

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