Soil Contamination Assessment

Basic purpose of representative soil sampling

The primary aim of representative soil sampling is to get accurate data about the soil quality of a specific site but the ultimate objective is the purpose for which this exercise is done. These purposes, which are better known as representative sampling objectives for soil, include:


  • Establishment of threat to public health or welfare or to the environment.
  • Location and identification of the potential sources of contamination.
  • Defining of the extent of contamination, and
  • Formulation of the treatment and disposal options.