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Record number 2201837
Article title Fresh water lens persistence and root zone salinization hazard under temperate climate : climate proof fresh water supply in coastal areas and deltas in Europe
Author(s) Stofberg, S.F. ; Oude Essink, G.H.P. ; Pauw, P.S. ; Louw, P.G.B. de ; Leijnse, A. ; Zee, S.E.A.T.M. van der
Journal title Water resources management : an international journal
Part(Year)Number 31(2017)2
Pages 689 - 702
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Keyword(s) (cab) salinity / salinization / fresh water / models / water supply / coastal areas
Categories Water Supply
Publication type Scientific article
Language English
About In low lying deltaic areas in temperate climates, groundwater can be brackish to saline at shallow depth, even with a yearly rainfall excess. For primary production in horticulture, agriculture, and terrestrial nature areas, the fresh water availability may be restricted to so-called fresh water lenses: relatively thin pockets of fresh groundwater floating on top of saline groundwater. The persistence of such fresh water lenses, as well as the quantity and quality of surface water is expected to be under pressure due to climate change, as summer droughts may intensify in North-West Europe. Better understanding through modelling of these fresh water resources may help anticipate the impact of salinity on primary production.
program Knowledge for Climate (KfC)
theme HS2 Hotspotoverstijgende thema's
project (Thema 2) Zoetwatervoorziening en waterkwaliteit
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