Elco Luijendijk

Junior lecturer

Department of Structural Geology and Geodynamics, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen


Junior Lecturer, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (2014-present)
Postdoctoral scholar, McGill University (2011-2013)
PhD student, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2006-2011)
Hydrogeology consultant, ICARDA, Syria (2004-2006)

Research Interests

I study the evolution of fluid flow systems and sedimentary basins on large spatial scales and/or geological timescales. I study these systems by integrating various datasets, such as groundwater isotopes, subsurface temperature and low-temperature thermochronology with a series of existing and newly developed numerical models (see GitHub for some of the codes). I also utilize large-scale geospatial datasets to extrapolate results of groundwater and heatflow models from local to continental scales. I help manage the Geodynamics and Geofluids modelling laboratory


M.Geo.239: Fluids in the crust (course description) (syllabus)

Graduate students and student assistants

Sarah Louis (PhD student): Quantifying exhumation and its driving forces in the Molasse Basin
Theis Winter (MSc student): Hydrology and isotope geochemistry of thermal springs in the Alps
Former students & theses

Recent publications

Afsar, F., Luijendijk, E. (2019) Quantifying a critical marl thickness for vertical fracture extension using field data and numerical experiments. Geoscience Frontiers, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gsf.2019.05.008.

Bauer, J.F., Krumbholz, M., Luijendijk, E., Tanner, D.C. (2019) A numerical sensitivity study of how permeability, geological structure, and hydraulic gradient control the lifetime of a geothermal reservoir. Solid Earth Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/se-2019-112.

Luijendijk, E., Gleeson, T., Moosdorf, M. (2019) The flow of fresh groundwater and solutes to the world’s oceans and coastal ecosystems. Nature Communications, in revision, preprint available on EarthArxiv

Louis, S., Luijendijk, E., Dunkl, I, Person, M. (2019) Episodic fluid flow in an active fault. Geology, in revision, preprint available on EarthArxiv