Dr John Bloomfield

Dr John Bloomfield Team Leader Groundwater Survey and Management

Location: Wallingford

Tel: 01491 69 2310

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  •  2008 : Team Leader of Groundwater Survey and Management
  •  1998 –2000 : Manager of the Aquifer Properties Laboratory, BGS Wallingford
  •  1993 : PhD, Imperial College London, Experimental Rock Deformation
  •  1991 –Present : Hydrogeologist, British Geological Survey
  •  1986 : MSc, Imperial College London, Structural Geology
  •  1985 : BSc (Hons) 1st class, Kingston Polytechnic, Geology

Current projects and collaboration

  • Evidence for changes impact of land-use and environmental change on changes in river flows and groundwater levels in the UK over the last century (CEH and Cranfield University)
  • Fractal scaling and scale invariance of groundwater levels (Imperial College)
  • Geological controls on distribution of stygobites and groundwater ecosystems (Roehampton University)
  •  2013 –2014 : Characterisation of groundwater droughts in the UK in collaboration with Environment Agency (Apr 2013 – Mar 2014)
  •  2013 –2014 : Drivers of droughts in the UK in collaboration with CEH and the Met Office (Apr 2013 – Mar 2104)
  •  2013 –2017 : EU Framework 7 (FP7) Managing Aquatic ecosystems and water Resources under multiple Stress (MARS) project. (Co-Investigator, Sept 2013 – Sept 2017)
  •  2012 –2016 : NERC Changing Water Cycle Programme, Hydroflux India project: Hydrometerological feedback and changes in water storage and fluxes in northern Indian basins. (Co-Investigator, Jan 2012 - Jan 2016)
  •  2010 –2013 : NERC pilot Environmental Virtual Observatory project (NE/I002200/1, Co-Investigator, Jun 2010 – Dec 2013)

Research interests

Professional association

Published outputs

Key papers

BLOOMFIELD JP and MARCAHNT BP. 2013. Analysis of groundwater drought using a variant of the Standardised Precipitation Index. Hydrology and Earth Systems Science Discussions, 10, 7537-7574, doi:10.5194/hessd-10-7537-2013

MAURICE, L and BLOOMFIELD JP. 2012 Stygobitic invertebrates in groundwater: a review from a hydrogeological perspective. Freshwater Reviews, 5(1). 51-71. DOI:10.1608/FRJ-5.1.443

WANG L, STUART ME, BLOOMFIELD JP, BUTCHER AS, GOODDY DC, McKENZIE AA, LEWIS MA and WILLIAMS AT. 2012. Regional scale prediction of the arrival time of peak nitrate concentrations at the water table: a case study from Great Britain. Hydrological Processes, 26(2), 226-239. doi:10.1002/hyp.8164

BLOOMFIELD J P, BRICKER S H and NEWELL A J. 2011. Some relationships between lithology, basin form and hydrology: a case study from the Thames Basin, UK. Hydrological Processes, 25(16), 2518-2530. doi:10.1002/hyp.8024

HOLMAN IP, RIVAS-CASADO M, BLOOMFIELD JP and GURDAK J. 2011. Identifying non-stationary groundwater level responses to North Atlantic ocean-atmosphere teleconnection patterns using wavelet analysis. Hydrogeology Journal, 19(6), 1269-1278. doi: 10.1007/s10040-011-0755-9

HUGHES AG, VOUNAKI T, PEACH DW, IRESON AM, JACKSON CR, BUTLER AP, BLOOMFIELD JP, FINCH J and WHEATER HS. 2011. Flood risk from groundwater: examples from a Chalk catchment in southern England. Journal of Flood Risk Management, 4(3), 143-155. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-318X.2011.01095.x

STUART M E, GOODY D C, WILLIAMS A T and BLOOMFIELD J P. 2011. The impact of climate change on future nitrate concentrations in groundwater: a case study from the UK. Science of the Total Environment, 409(15), 2859-2873. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2011.04.016

ADAMS B A, BLOOMFILED J P, GALLAGHER A, JACKSON C J, RUTTER H and WILLIAMS A T. 2010. An Early Warning System for Groundwater Flooding in the Chalk. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, 43, 185-193

LITTLE M A and BLOOMFIELD J P. 2010. Robust evidence for random fractal scaling of groundwater levels in unconfined aquifers. Journal of Hydrology, 393, 362-369

BLOOMFIELD J P, ALLEN D J AND GRIFFITHS K J. 2009. Examining geological controls on baseflow index (BFI) using regression analysis: An illustration from the Thames Basin. Journal of Hydrology, 373, 164-176.

HOLMAN I P, RIVAS-CASADO M, HOWDEN N J K, BLOOMFIELD J P AND WILLIAMS A T. 2009. Linking North Atlantic ocean-atmosphere teleconnection patterns and hydrogeological responses in temperate groundwater systems. Hydrological Processes, 23(21), 3123-3126.doi:10.1002/hyp.7466

BLOOMFIELD JP, MOREAU MF and NEWELL AJ. 2007. Characterzation of permeability distributions in six lithofacies from the Helsby and Wilmslow sandstone formations of the Cheshire Basin. In: Fluid flow and solute movement in sandstones: The onshore UK Permo-Triassic red bed sequence (Edited by Barker RD and Tellam JH). Geological Society Special Publication 263, Geological Society, London, UK. pp.83-102

BLOOMFIELD J P, WILLIAMS R J ,GOODDY D C, CAPE J N, AND GUHA P. 2006. Review of the impacts of climate change on the fate and behaviour of pesticides in surface and groundwater - A UK perspective. Science of the Total Environment, 369(1-3), 163-177.doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2006.05.019

MAURICE L D, ATKINSON T C, BARKER J A, BLOOMFIELD J P, FARRANT A R AND WILLIAMS A T. 2006. Karstic behaviour of groundwater in the English Chalk. Journal of Hydrology, 330(1-2), 63-70. doi:10.1016/j.hydrol.2006.04.012

WILLIAMS A T, BLOOMFIELD J P, GRIFFITHS K J AND BUTLER A. 2006. Characterising vertical variations in hydraulic conductivity within the Chalk aquifer. Journal of Hydrology, 330(1-2), 53-62. doi:10.1016/j.hydrol.2006.04.036

Please also see these papers in NORA.