Department of Structural Geology and Geodynamics

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 am a numerical modeller who focuses on the evolution of fluid flow systems and sedimentary basins on geological timescales. I study these systems by integrating temperature and low-temperature thermochronology data with existing and newly developed numerical models. I also utilize large-scale geospatial datasets to extrapolate results of groundwater and heatflow models from local to continental scales.


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

Graduate students and student assistants

Benedikt Ahner (M.Sc.): Towards a representative scale of the groundwater footprint based on the ecohydrological impacts of groundwater abstraction
Axel Lueders (M.Sc.): Thermal effects of fluid flow in the Colorado Plateau and the Grand Canyon
Sarah Louis (M.Sc.): Quantifying crustal fluid flow and its role in the thermal structure of the Alps
Susann Zickler (M.Sc.): Quantifying crustal fluid flow and its role in the thermal structure of the Alps

Recent publications

Befus, K.M., Jasechko, S., Luijendijk, E., Gleeson, T., Bayani Cardenas, M., (2017). The rapid yet uneven turnover of Earth’s groundwater. Geophys. Res. Lett. 44, 5511–5520. doi:10.1002/2017GL073322. link

Scott Jasechko, Debra Perrone, Kevin M. Befus, M. Bayani Cardenas, Grant Ferguson, Tom Gleeson, Elco Luijendijk, Jeffrey J. McDonnell, Richard G. Taylor, Yoshihide Wada & James W. Kirchner (2017), Global aquifers dominated by fossil groundwaters but wells vulnerable to modern contamination, Nature Geoscience, doi:10.1038/

Gleeson, Tom, Kevin M Befus, Scott Jasechko, Elco Luijendijk, and M Bayani Cardenas (2016), The Global Volume and Distribution of Modern Groundwater, Nature Geoscience, doi:10.1038/