Hydrologists, ocean scientists team up to study groundwater discharge to the coast



Groundwater flux to the coastal marine environment is an important biogeochemical and environmental factor in many coastal regions of the world. The physical and chemical processes involved are complex and highly variable in space and in time. In view of the general scientific significance of this subject, and to ensure that groundwater fluxes are considered in future research agendas, we must expand our understanding of coastal groundwater fluxes and improve the methods available for their assessment. These are the conclusions that participants reached at the first international meeting focused specifically on issues related to submarine groundwater discharge.