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Hydrogeology Research

A summary of research projects from the Hydrogeology Group.  Click to learn more about each topic.

Coastal Groundwater Dynamics

We are using field measurements and variable-density numerical modeling of flow and solute transport to better understand the physical forcing mechanisms that drive exchange of water between aquifers and the coastal ocean.  The mechanisms include steady forcing due to upland recharge and density gradients, as well as transient forcing on wave, tidal, seasonal, and climatic timescales.

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Coastal Groundwater Dynamics

Climate Change

In the next decades, climate change is expected to include changes in sea level, precipitation, and evapotranspiration, disrupting the balance between terrestrial hydrology and the ocean that defines coastal groundwater systems.  Adjustment to a new equilibrium will result in changes in groundwater flow and water quality that have implications for coastal systems and water supply.  We have 2 current projects related to climate change:  1)  Implications of Climate Change on Coastal Groundwater Resources of Bangladesh and 2) Modeling Dynamic Effects of Climate Change on Coastal Groundwater Systems

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Climate Change Research

Arsenic and River-Aquifer Interactions in the Bengal Basin

We are using numerical modeling tools to assess the sustainability of water supply in regional and local areas of the Bengal Basin. Arsenic in drinking water poses a health threat to millions of people in the region, and we are working to understand the vulnerability of deep, low-arsenic groundwater resources to contamination from shallower, high-arsenic aquifers. We are also studying interactions between groundwater and the Ganges River to understand effects of pumping and hydrologic changes on river flows and groundwater recharge.

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Arsenic and River-Aquifer Interactions in the Bengal Basin

Geostatistical Modeling

We use geostatistical techniques to create models of subsurface heterogeneity that reproduce realistic continuous geologic features and are conditioned to geologic data. 

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Geostatistical Modeling

Experimental Hydro-Economics

We are working with experimental economists to better understand how groundwater management decisions are made for various physical, social, and economic scenarios. 

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Experimental Hydro-Economics

Discover Our World!

Discovering a new compound

UD’s Hanson uncovers new molecule with big implications.

Ocean Warming

UD’s Yan discovers new pathway for heat transport in the ocean.
Exterior of Ettersburg Castle, site of ecohydrology workshop

International Ecohydrology Workshop

UD students and experts consider first steps in research to address world water crisis.
Helga Huntley

Tracking ocean pollution

Uncovering new clues about how oil, other pollutants move in ocean
Asia Dowtin

Stemflow study

Investigating how rainwater travels in urban forests
horseshoe crab

Horseshoe Crabs and Artificial Bait

We are working to identify chemoattractants in horseshoe crabs and produce an artificial bait, reducing the reliance on horseshoe crabs in the eel and conch fisheries.

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CEOE School & Departments

School of Marine Science & Policy

Advancing the understanding, stewardship, and conservation of estuarine, coastal, and ocean environments.

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Department of Geological Sciences

Discovering how geological processes have operated over various time scales to create and influence the planet’s surface environments.

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Department of Geography

Investigating the interactions between people and the environment and the processes that explain the location of human and natural phenomena.

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