Etat des connaissances sur la gestion des aquifères côtiers en Amérique du Sud

Translated title of the contribution: A review of seawater intrusion and its management in Australia

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    Extended periods of below-average rainfall combined with a rising population density in the Australian coastal margin have led to higher stresses on coastal water resources, and the risk of seawater intrusion has increased. Despite reports of seawater intrusion in the majority of states and evidence that some Australian coastal aquifers are seriously depleted, comprehensive seawater intrusion investigations have only been completed for coastal systems in Queensland and to a lesser degree in Western Australia and South Australia. The degree of assessment appears to be linked to the perceived economic value of the groundwater resource. The most detailed studies include those of the Pioneer Valley and Burnett basins in Queensland, for which conceptual and mathematical models have been developed at the regional scale, and have been used to underpin trigger-level management approaches to protect against further seawater intrusion. Historical responses to seawater intrusion include the establishment of artificial recharge schemes; the most prominent being that of the Lower Burdekin aquifers in Queensland. Recommendations for future solutions include enhanced fit-for-purpose seawater intrusion monitoring, continuing research into investigation methods, and improved knowledge-sharing through education programs and the development of national guidelines for seawater intrusion assessment and management.

    Translated title of the contributionA review of seawater intrusion and its management in Australia
    Original languageFrench
    Pages (from-to)281-285
    Number of pages5
    JournalHydrogeology Journal
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2010


    • Australia
    • Coastal aquifers
    • Groundwater management
    • Salt-water/fresh-water relations
    • Water supply


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