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Postdoc, Legacies of water pollution by groundwater from land to coast

KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Stockholm (SE)
Closing date
Feb 12, 2024

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Subsurface legacy sources of pollutants and submarine groundwater discharge (SGD) are largely overlooked and understudied pathways of waterborne pollutant spreading from land to sea that can play a major role in driving water quality in the coastal ocean.

The appointee will quantify fresh flow (including SDG) rates and associated nutrient and pollutant transport to the sea. A core focus is to develop high catchment-based water and nutrient/pollutant budgets and models for these using geospatial datasets, and also relating the modelling to the rates of water infiltration and recharge, and nutrient/pollutant inputs over each contributing (sub)catchment.

Using multi-model/method approaches will allow for assumptions to be challenged, modified, and eventually validated, building confidence on estimates for coastal regions, with a primary focus on the Baltic sea coast. An important aim is also to establish relationships with geology, land use and climate change to further enable a framework for scenario projection of future changes in SGD and related nutrient and pollutant loads, in particular from subsurface legacy sources.  

The candidate is expected to produce high-quality scientific papers, suitable for publication in high profile journals, present their work at national and international conferences, and contribute to external funding proposals.

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