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 geoscientists with an interest in large-scale groundwater systems, the history of groundwater flow in faults and hot springs, sedimentary basin history and low-temperature thermochronology. I specialise in designing new geoscientific model codes (see my GitHub repository) and integrating these with various datasets, such as groundwater isotopes, subsurface temperature and thermochronology data.


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
Former students & theses

Recent publications

Luijendijk, E., Winter, T., Köhler, S., Ferguson, G., von Hagke, C., & Scibek, J. (2020). Using thermal springs to quantify deep groundwater flow and its thermal footprint in the Alps and a comparison with North American orogens. Geophysical Research Letters. https://doi.org/10.1029/2020GL090134.

Spooner, S., Scheck-Wenderoth, M., Cacace, M., Götze, H.J., Luijendijk, E. (2020). The 3D thermal field across the Alpine orogen and its forelands and the relation to seismicity Global and Planetary Change 193 (103288), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloplacha.2020.103288.

Luijendijk, E., Gleeson, T., & Moosdorf, N. (2020). Fresh groundwater discharge insignificant for the world’s oceans but important for coastal ecosystems. Nature Communications. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-15064-8