Effect of climate change on sea water intrusion in coastal aquifers

Mohsen M. Sherif, Vijay P. Singh

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Abstract

There is increasing debate these days on climate change and its possible consequences. Much of this debate has focused in the context of surface water systems. In many arid areas of the world, rainfall is scarce and so is surface runoff. These areas rely heavily on groundwater. The consequences of climate change on groundwater are long term and can be far reaching. One of the more apparent consequences is the increased migration of salt water inland in coastal aquifers. Using two coastal aquifers, one in Egypt and the other in India, this study investigates the effect of likely climate change on sea water intrusion. Three realistic scenarios mimicking climate change are considered. Under these scenarios, the Nile Delta aquifer is found to be more vulnerable to climate change and sea level rise.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1277-1287
Number of pages11
JournalHydrological Processes
Volume13
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 15 1999
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Climate change
  • Coastal aquifers
  • Ground water
  • Nile delta aquifer
  • Sea level rise
  • Sea water intrusion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology

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