Kiel Marine Science

6th Future Ocean Network Event: Land‐Ocean Connectivity through Groundwater

11.06.2021 von 12:30 bis 14:00

virtual Meeting I Zoom

Land‐Ocean Connectivity through Groundwater
We will provide insights into the social relevance of coastal groundwater interactions, present the current state for research, and discuss ideas of cross‐disciplinary engagements of Kiel scientists to help understand, monitor, manage and govern coastal groundwater under changing climatic conditions.

Welcome and Moderation

Prof. Dr. Nele Matz‐Lück, Speaker of the Future Ocean Network
Walther‐Schücking‐Institute for International Law at Kiel University

„Effects of submarine groundwater discharge on coastal ecosystems"
Prof. Dr. Nils Moosdorf, Professor for Coastal Hydrogeology at Kiel University (CAU), Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT)

„Near‐coast submarine groundwater detection using mobile marine geoelectrics and seismics"
Ercan Erkul & Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Rabbel, Institute of Geosciences, Kiel University

„Integrated geophysical imaging of offshore freshened groundwater in various coastal environments: examples from Israel, New Zealand, and Malta"
Dr. Amir Haroon, GEOMAR Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research Kiel

Open discussion
moderated by Prof. Dr. Nele Matz‐Lück

The quality of freshwater aquifers around the world is deteriorating due to overexploitation, salinization, as well as contamination with agricultural fertilizers. In coastal regions, this pressure is amplified by seawater encroachment due to sea‐level rise, precipitation shift, extreme storm events, and groundwater pumping. The exploitation of offshore freshened groundwater has been proposed as a potential freshwater source to mitigate seasonal water shortages in coastal regions most affected by low quality drinking water. At the same time, discharging terrestrial groundwater transports water and dissolved constituents to the coastal ocean, and can strongly affect coastal ecosystems. The flux of Fresh Submarine Groundwater Discharge (FSGD) exceeds river flux in many coastal areas and thus poses a serious risk of pollution and eutrophication for a significant fraction of coastal ecosystems such as estuaries, salt marshes and coral reefs. Examples of seawater intrusion into coastal aquifers, groundwater‐dominated coastal ecosystems, and the use of offshore groundwater as potential drinking water highlight that groundwater and ocean are intimately connected.


(Invitation and Zoom-Link will be provided via the mailinglist of the Future Ocean Network,
the Event is open to all interested Scientists within the Kiel Network,
registration (E-Mail/Institution):

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