Dr Robert Ward

Dr Robert Ward Head of Science

Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3510

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  •  2013 –current : Director of Science - Groundwater, BGS
  •  2010 –2013 : Head of Groundwater Science, BGS
  •  1999 –2010 : Principal Technical Advisor — Environment Agency
  •  1990 –1999 : Higher/Senior Scientific Officer, BGS
  •  1990 : PhD University of East Anglia; Natural and artificial groundwater tracers
  •  1985 : BSc (Hons) University of East Anglia, Environmental Science (Atmospheric and Aquatic Sciences)

Current projects and collaboration

  • Advisory Board member of EU FP7 GENESIS project: Groundwater and Dependent Ecosystems: New Scientific and Technological Basis for Assessing Climate Change and Land-use Impacts on Groundwater
  • Advisory Board member — FutureThames project
  • HYDRA consortium ( Imperial College London, Queen Mary University of London, University College London, University of Oxford, University of Reading)
  • Management of BGS Groundwater Science Programme
  • Member of EuroGeosurveys Water Expert Group — The association of European Geological Surveys
  • Science Management Team — NERC Storm Risk Mitigation and Changing Water Cycle Research Programmes
  •  2006 : Development of recommendations for revisions to the EU Groundwater Directive: Groundwater Quality Standards and Threshold Values – EC appointed task leader


  • Data management and GIS Multi-disciplinarity
  • Fieldwork (design and implementation)
  • Freshwater Science
  • Translating science into policy

Professional association

Research interests

  • Aquifer property characterisation (hydraulic testing)
  • Conceptual modelling
  • Groundwater monitoring
  • Groundwater policy development and implementation
  • Groundwater tracer testing
  • Groundwater vulnerability and risk assessment
  • Landfill gas

Published outputs

Key papers

MATHIAS, S A, BUTLER, A P, ATKINSON, T C, KACHI, S and WARD, R S. 2009. A parameter sensitivity analysis of two Chalk tracer tests. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology & Hydrogeology, v. 42 no. 2. p. 237-244.

GRATH, J, WARD, R S, SCHEIDLEDER, A and QUEVAUVILLER, P. 2007. Report on EU guidance on groundwater monitoring developed under the common implementation strategy of the water framework directiveJ. Environ. Monit., Vol 9, p. 1162-1175.

POSEN, P, LOVETT, A, HISCOCK, K, EVERS, S. WARD, R S and REID, B. 2006. Incorporating variations in pesticide catabolic activity into a GIS-based groundwater risk assessment. Science of The Total Environment. V 367, Issues 2-3, p. 641-652.

WARD, R S, STREETLEY, M J, SINGLETON, A J, SEARS, R. 2004. A framework for monitoring regional groundwater quality. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology. Vol. 37 no. 4. p. 271-281.

EDMUNDS, W M, SHAND, P. HART, P and WARD, R S. 2003. The natural (baseline) quality of groundwater: a UK pilot study. The Science of The Total Environment. V 310 Issues 1-3. P. 25-35.