Groundwater salinity mapping of the Belgian coastal zone to improve local freshwater storage availability

Dieter Vandevelde, Esther Van Baaren, Joost Delsman, Marios Karaoulis, Gualbert Oude Essink, Perry de Louw, Tommer Vermaas, Pieter Pauw, Marco De Kleine, Sara Thofte, Rasmus Teilmann, Kristine Walraevens, Marc Van Camp, Huits Dominique, Willem Dabekaussen, Jan Gunnink, Alexander Vandenbohede

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In the European TOPSOIL project, countries around the North Sea are searching for solutions for climate related threats. They explore the possibilities of using the topsoil layer to solve current and future water challenges. The main objective is to improve the climate resilience of the water management of the topsoil and shallow aquifers in the North Sea region. TOPSOIL is supported by the Interreg VB North Sea Region program in line with priority 3 of the program: 'Sustainable North Sea Region, protecting against climate change and preserving the environment'. The Belgian part of this project, called FRESHEM for GO-FRESH Vlaanderen ('FREsh Salt groundwater distribution by Helicopter ElectroMagnetic survey for Geohydrological Opportunities FRESH water supply'), focuses on mapping the salinity distribution of groundwater using airborne electromagnetics and aims to look into a number of measures that could increase the availability of freshwater for agriculture in the polder area. Two pilot projects will evaluate the possibilities for freshwater storage and aims to specify what measures can be taken to achieve this. Together with the other water users and water managers, The Flanders Environment Agency wants to prepare a plan for the realization of one or more pilot projects that can improve the availability of freshwater.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication25th Salt Water Intrusion Meeting (SWIM 2018)
EditorsA. Szymkiewicz, A. Sadurski, B. Jaworska-Szulc
PublisherEDP Sciences
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 17 Sept 2018
Event25th Salt Water Intrusion Meeting, SWIM 2018 - Gdansk, Poland
Duration: 17 Jun 201822 Jun 2018

Publication series

NameE3S Web of Conferences
PublisherEDP Sciences
ISSN (Print)2101-6275


Conference25th Salt Water Intrusion Meeting, SWIM 2018


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