Groundwater dependence of coastal lagoons: The case of La Pletera salt marshes (NE Catalonia)

Menció et al. (2017) – Journal of Hydrology, 552: 793-806.

We describe the hydrological regime of a confined coastal ecosystem (La Pletera salt marshes), highlighting the importance of groundwater circulation. During the dry season groundwater inputs may account for 15–80% of the water budget. Water salinity depends on two main processes: 1) mixing of fresh and sea water occurring within the lagoons or in the aquifer; and 2) evaporation.

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