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Availability of clean water to sustain human existence is one of the major global challenges immediately and in the future. Exploitation of groundwater and its interaction with surface water at the catchment scale has therefore been a key research area at the Department of Geoscience for more than two decades.

The hydrogeophysics/hydrology group of the Department of Geoscience develops mapping and modelling method which are key to the management of groundwater resources. This includes methods for mapping the vulnerability to anthropogenic pollution, saltwater incursion in coastal regions, mapping of landfills, and monitoring of contaminated groundwater flows. Furthermore, advanced methods for better integration of earth parameters determined by electromagnetic methods and groundwater modelling are a focus area.

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