Short Communication

Natural Hazards

, Volume 56, Issue 3, pp 563-566

Environmental hazard from saltwater intrusion in the Laizhou Gulf, Shandong Province of China

  • Shan-Zhong QiAffiliated withCollege of Population, Resources and Environment, Shandong Normal University Email author 
  • , Qiu-Lan QiuAffiliated withCollege of Population, Resources and Environment, Shandong Normal University

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Abstract

Coastal areas play an important role in the socioeconomic development of the coastal zones based on the different land uses. These regions are vulnerable to hydrogeological hazards and are seriously affected by coastal erosion, saltwater intrusion in the phreatic aquifer, and sea level rise, which are worsened by human action, thereby increasing the risk of land degradation in the coastal regions. Saltwater intrusion in the Laizhou Gulf located in northern part of Shandong Province of China was the main natural hazard. Manmade interventions and actions (i.e., exploitation of aquifers without adequate knowledge of the hydrology setting and an adequate management program) worsen this natural hazard. Irrational human activity induces environmental hazard to the overall coastal areas.

Keywords

Land use change Human activity Saltwater intrusion Natural hazard Laizhou Gulf of China