SMART Summer School

1-5 July 2019. The SMART Summer School was held at the University of Malta Msida Campus. The Summer School aims to provide junior scientists with a comprehensive view on coastal groundwater research. This year, the focus is on using geophysics as a tool to map the location and quantify the geometry and volume of onshore/offshore aquifers as a potential resource to relieve water stress in coastal communities.

The lectures were given by seven professors and researchers from GEOMAR, the University of MALTA, and Texas A&M University. Nine graduate students at either the Master’s or PhD level from different countries and various academic backgrounds participated in this event. Besides classroom lectures, the participants also had a chance to conduct an onshore geophysical survey using an electromagnetic instrument. The field excursion took place in Pembroke, Malta which was chosen to discover how the fault in the site interacted with the groundwater system.


Groundwater Workshop at GEOMAR

18 June 2019. A workshop discussing new approaches to explore submarine groundwater reservoirs was held at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel. More than 20 scientists from all over Germany participated in the workshop to discuss the research needed for the exploration of submarine groundwater resources.


SMART Summer School Announced

7 March 2019. Applications are now being accepted for the SMART Summer School “Understanding marine hydrogeology through the lens of geophysics: Bridging the gap across the coastal zone” to be held at the University of Malta from 30 June – 5 July 2019.

The SMART Summer School will provide in-depth lectures combined with training in the form of hands-on labs and a field survey. The focus of this year’s School is using both onshore and offshore geophysical methods to understand offshore groundwater aquifers and their possible connection to terrestrial aquifers. Offshore groundwater research is gaining increased attention especially regarding whether these resources may be used sustainably to reduce water stress for many coastal communities including Malta. We aim to provide students with a broad overview of this exciting and new frontier in marine science. During the course, students will learn about electromagnetic (EM) and seismic methods and learn how to process and interpret these data. The course will be taught by leading researchers in marine geophysics, marine geology, coastal geology, and near-surface applied geophysics.


SMART kick-off meeting

28 November 2018. The SMART kick-off meeting was held at GEOMAR - Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Reseach Kiel, Germany. Team members and colleagues from eight institues attended the meeting including; GEOMAR, University of Malta, Univeristy of Kiel, Texas A&M University, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR), and Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ. Nearly thirty participants attended the meeting from four countries (Germany, Malta, New Zealand, and the United States). 

Photos: Bradley Weymer/GEOMAR


Photo: Jan Steffen/GEOMAR


Photos: Tamara Worzewski