Is groundwater actually connected to other earth systems?

Tom Gleeson, Guest seminar speaker at Bolin Centre, Stockholm universitet. Photo by Ginger GillquistResearch Area 3 seminar speaker: Tom Gleeson | University of Victoria, Canada
Tom Gleeson leads the Groundwater Science and Sustainability Research Group at University of Victoria, Canada and was awarded the AGU Hydrology Early Career Award
Time: September 17 at 11h00
Place: Ahlmannsalen, Geoscience Building


Groundwater is the slow grandparent of the hydrologic system that most earth system models and analysis ignore or don’t really know how to talk to. Yet, groundwater affects a myriad of Earth systems and processes such as the atmosphere, oceans, volcanoes, earthquakes, weathering and petroleum migration. The study of groundwater systems within the broader Earth system is an exciting and emerging field and recent work suggests that globally, groundwater systems are often not well connected to other Earth systems such as the climate and oceans but hints at the possibility of strong local interactions at hotspots. Terrestrial groundwater and climate are only dynamically coupled on decadal timescales in a small fraction of the earth’s surface. Similarly, the fresh groundwater contribution to the global ocean is mostly insignificant except for specific locations.


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