Delineation of Subsea Freshwater Extension by Marine Geoelectromagnetic Soundings (SE Mediterranean Sea)

Eldad Levi, Mark Goldman, Gideon Tibor, Barak Herut

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This study presents a novel application of marine geoelectromagnetic technique, in an attempt to delineate freshwater extension of the coastal sub-aquifers beneath the SE Mediterranean Sea, along central Israel. The novel marine Ex-Bz time domain electromagnetic (TDEM) geophysical method was applied, demonstrating high sensitivity to the presence of sub-seafloor electrically resistive structures up to several kilometers offshore (shallow marine environment). The study included 19 marine measurements located offshore between Ashdod in the south to Tel-Aviv in the north, where a previous onshore study detected fresh groundwater below seawater intrusion at the coast line. The offshore measurements were conducted to distances of up to 3 km from the shoreline. It was found that the lower sub-aquifer contains fresh groundwater (resistivity >10 Ω-m) to a distance of 2.8 km offshore along the 30 km strip, and is probably constrained by lateral geo-facial changes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3765-3779
Number of pages15
JournalWater Resources Management
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2018

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  • Coastal aquifer
  • Electromagnetic
  • Groundwater
  • Hydrogeophysics
  • Hydrology
  • Resistivity
  • Salinity
  • Seawater

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Water Science and Technology


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