Articles | Volume 10, issue 3
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 10, 1591–1603, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-10-1591-2018
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 10, 1591–1603, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-10-1591-2018

Review article 03 Sep 2018

Review article | 03 Sep 2018

Estimating the thickness of unconsolidated coastal aquifers along the global coastline

Daniel Zamrsky et al.

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An increasing number of coastal areas worldwide are facing a threat of groundwater quality degradation by saltwater intrusion. Groundwater flow models help to get a better idea of the volumes of fresh groundwater reserves in these areas. Our research provides information on aquifer thickness, which is one of the most important parameters for such models. However, we found that geological complexity of coastal aquifer systems is at least equally as important a factor for accurate predictions.