Articles | Volume 13, issue 7
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 13, 3297–3319, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-13-3297-2021
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 13, 3297–3319, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-13-3297-2021
Data description paper
12 Jul 2021
Data description paper | 12 Jul 2021

The three-dimensional groundwater salinity distribution and fresh groundwater volumes in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam, inferred from geostatistical analyses

Jan L. Gunnink et al.

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In the Mekong Delta (Vietnam) groundwater is important for domestic, agricultural and industrial use. Increased pumping of groundwater has caused land subsidence and increased the risk of salinization, thereby endangering the livelihood of the population in the delta. We made a model of the salinity of the groundwater by integrating different sources of information and determined fresh groundwater volumes. The resulting model can be used by researchers and policymakers.