Management of Seawater Intrusion in Coastal Aquifers: A Review

Mohammed S. Hussain, Hany F. Abd-Elhamid, Akbar A. Javadi, Mohsen M. Sherif

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

118 Citations (Scopus)


Seawater intrusion (SWI) is one of the most challenging and widespread environmental problems that threaten the quality and sustainability of fresh groundwater resources in coastal aquifers. The excessive pumping of groundwater, associated with the lack of natural recharge, has exacerbated the SWI problem in arid and semi-arid regions. Therefore, appropriate management strategies should be implemented in coastal aquifers to control the impacts of SWI problems, considering acceptable limits of economic and environmental costs. The management of coastal aquifers involves the identification of an acceptable ultimate landward extent of the saline water body and the calculation of the amount of seaward discharge of freshwater that is necessary to keep the saline–freshwater interface in a seacoast position. This paper presents a comprehensive review of available hydraulic and physical management strategies that can be used to reduce and control SWI in coastal aquifers. Advantages and disadvantages of the different approaches are presented and discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2467
JournalWater (Switzerland)
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019


  • Artificial recharge
  • Costal aquifers
  • Hydraulic barriers
  • Physical barriers
  • Seawater intrusion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Aquatic Science
  • Biochemistry


Dive into the research topics of 'Management of Seawater Intrusion in Coastal Aquifers: A Review'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this