Prof Alan MacDonald

Prof Alan MacDonald

Groundwater Scientist

Location: BGS Edinburgh

Tel: 0131 6500 389

E-mail Prof Alan MacDonald

Biography

  • 2018 : Individual Merit Scientist (IMP3)
  • 2012 : Honorary Professor at the University of Dundee
  • 2006 : Principal Hydrogeologist BGS Edinburgh
  • 2001 : PhD, University College London, Community Water Supplies from Mudstones
  • 1999 –2006 : Senior Hydrogeologist BGS Edinburgh
  • 1996 –1999 : 1996–1999 Hydrogeologist, WaterAid Oju Community Water Supply project Nigeria
  • 1992 –1996 : 1992–1996 Hydrogeologist, BGS Wallingford
  • 1992 : MSc (dist.) Hydrogeology, University College London
  • 1991 : BSc (Hons) 1st Class, Geophysics, Edinburgh University

Current projects and collaboration

  • 2016 –2018 : Monitoring the impact of the 2015/16 El Nino event on water supplies in the Ethiopian Highlands
  • 2015 – ongoing : UPGro Hidden Crisis: understanding the reasons for poor functionality in groundwater hand pumps in rural Africa
  • 2012 – ongoing : IGB Groundwater Resilience: A research programme aimed at strengthening the evidence base linking groundwater resources, climate variability and abstraction in the Indo-Gangetic basin
  • 2011 – ongoing : Glacier monitoring: monitoring and characterising glacier hydrology in the BGS observatory at Virkisjökull, Iceland with a particular emphasis on groundwater
  • 2011 – ongoing : Characterising groundwater surface water interactions in the Eddleston catchment : with Dundee University
  • 2010 –2013 : Grofutures: Groundwater futures for Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Baseline Scotland: a joint BGS/SEPA project to characterise the baseline chemistry and residence time of groundwater in Scotland

Professional association

Published outputs

Research interests

  • International groundwater development and management — particularly in  developing countries in the context of poverty reduction and water security
  • The resilience of groundwater systems to climate change and abstraction
  • African groundwater and water security
  • Groundwater and catchment science: floodplain hydrogeology, groundwater & flooding, upland and glaciated catchments
  • Providing science and data to underpin groundwater management in the UK (aquifer properties, groundwater vulnerability mapping, nitrate contamination, groundwater monitoring networks, groundwater chemistry baseline)