Maputo, Mozambique, 24 Jan 2019

First paper of GroundWatCH alumnus published in high impact journal

Guilherme Nogueira, alumnus of the Erasmus Mundus master programme 'GroundWatCH', studied groundwater salinization mechanisms to secure freshwater resources in the water-scarce city of Maputo. His research is published in the scientific journal 'Science of the Total Environment'. Guilherme worked closely with researchers from university UEM Mozambique within the scope of the DUPC project SALINPROVE.

Research highlights

  • Groundwater salinization in Great Maputo aquifer is caused by relic seawater.
  • Relic seawater is entrapped within clay layers of the aquifer system.
  • Seepage of salt groundwater and evaporation results in saline river and wetland.
  • Recharge dominated by intense rainfall is main source of freshwater.
  • Fresh groundwater exploitation within saline environment needs to be optimised.

Free access

The full article Understanding groundwater salinization mechanisms to secure freshwater resources in the water-scarce city of Maputo, Mozambique is freely accessible until 14 March 2019. You will be taken directly to the final version of the article on ScienceDirect, which you are welcome to read or download. No sign up, registration or fees are required.

More on the SALINPROVE project supported by the DUPC global partnership programme.

More about the GroundWatCH master programme.

Web page of the Journal 'Science of the Total Environment'

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