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)


Sarah Louis (M.Sc.) : Thermochronology of an active hydrothermal system in Beowawe, Nevada
Axel Lueders (M.Sc.): Groundwater and heat flow in the Grand Canyon

Recent publications

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/

Howald, T., M. Person, A. Campbell, V. Lueth, A. Hofstra, D. Sweetkind, C.W. Gable, A. Banerjee, E. Luijendijk, L. Crossey, K. Karlstrom, S. Kelley, and F. Phillips (2015), Evidence for long-time scale ( >1000 years) changes in hydrothermal activity induced by seismic events, Geofluids, 1-2, 252-268, link.