Netherlands, Middelburg

Fresh and Salt Groundwater in Deltaic Regions: Mathematics, Numerical Modeling and Applications

when 1 July 2013 - 5 July 2013
duration 1 week
credits 2 ECTS
fee EUR 695

Seawater intrusion is probably one of the most severe threats to fresh water resources in deltaic/coastal regions all over the world. In general, this is due to overexploitation of the coastal fresh water bodies. The fresh water is being used for drinking water supply, irrigation and agricultural activities. Excessive production of fresh water implies land-inward movement of the subsurface fresh-saltwater interface, i.e. seawater intrusion. Moreover, the interface moves towards the filter of the freshwater pumping wells, i.e. up-coning. The up-coning could lead to undesired production of brackish or even seawater. The management of fresh water production in deltaic/coastal zones requires thorough understanding of the theory of density-dependent flow and transport phenomena in porous media. Crucial is insight in the behavior and movement of fresh-saltwater interfaces.

This summer school focuses at a variety of subjects related to simultaneous flow of fresh- and saltwater in coastal/deltaic aquifers: 1. Fundamental theory of density-dependent flow and transport in porous media 2. Mathematical analysis of problems involving fresh salt interfaces (free-boundary problems, integro-differential equations, similarity transformations, etc) 3. Numerical methods and dedicated simulation software for density-dependent flow and transport 4. Real-world applications: water management of freshwater lenses in the Province Zeeland, artificial recharge of freshwater lenses, etc. Two excursions to relevant sites in Zeeland are included in the Summer School program. The level of the course is at MSc-PhD level. Good BSc students are also welcome.

Course leader

Prof. dr. R.J. Schotting

Target group

MSc-students and PhD-students. Also open for top BSc-students.that graduate(d) in 2013.

Course aim

Thorough understanding of density-dependent flow and transport in porous media, including:
1. Fundamental theory
2. Mathematical analysis of a variety of problems 3. Numerical modeling and dedicated advanced simulation software 4. Practical applications in deltaic regions (Province of Zeeland, The Netherlands)

Credits info

Certificate of Attendance

Fee info

EUR 695: Course + course materials

Please note that the reviewing process starts after the application deadline of 1 May and will take a week. It is possible that you will receive a notice earlier, but this is the official deadline.

Housing can be booked on request. The prices range from € 140 – € 160 per week depending on the type of accommodation. If you wish to make use of UCR housing, please send an email to


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