Brighid O Dochartaigh

Miss Brighid O Dochartaigh

Senior Scientific Officer

Location: Edinburgh

Tel: 0131 6500 424

E-mail Brighid O Dochartaigh


  •  1997 – ongoing : Hydrogeologist, British Geological Survey
  •  1997 : MSc University of Birmingham, Hydrogeology
  •  1996 : BSc University of Edinburgh, Geology and Physical Geography

Current projects and collaboration

  •  2013 – ongoing : Africa Groundwater Atlas and Africa Groundwater Literature Archive: part of the UPGro Programme.
  •  2012 – ongoing : Investigating groundwater-meltwater interaction in an active glacial catchment in Iceland.
  •  2010 – ongoing : Eddleston Water Project: investigating groundwater-surface water interaction in upland floodplains.
  •  2010 – ongoing : Investigating aspects of groundwater in Glasgow, including urban groundwater monitoring; groundwater modelling; and the applicability of infiltration SuDS;

Research interests

  • Groundwater in difficult (e.g. low permeability or dryland) environments
  • Groundwater monitoring
  • Groundwater resources and chemistry in Scottish aquifers
  • Improving availability and accessibility of groundwater information
  • Urban groundwater


  • Groundwater chemistry sampling and interpretation
  • Groundwater resource assessment and management in the UK and internationally
  • Mapping and GIS tools for hydrogeological data interpretation
  • Working knowledge of German; basic knowledge of Russian, French and Arabic

Professional association

  •  2010 – ongoing : Committee Member of the British National Chapter of the International Association of Hydrogeologists

Published outputs

Key papers

Ó Dochartaigh BÉ, MacDonald AM, Fitzsimons V and Ward R. 2015. Scotland's aquifers and groundwater bodies. British Geological Survey Open Report OR/15/028 Hydrogeology Journal 23 (3), 493-506. 10.1007/s10040-014-1207-0

MacDonald AM, Bonsor HC, Ó Dochartaigh BÉ and Taylor RG. 2012. Quantitative maps of groundwater resources in Africa. Environmental Research Letters 7 (2). 10.1088/1748-9326/7/2/024009

Ó Dochartaigh B É, MacDonald A M, Darling W G, Hughes A G, Li J X and Shi L A. 2010. Determining groundwater degradation from irrigation in a desert-marginal area of northern China. Hydrogeology Journal 18, 1939-1952

Homoncik Sally C. MacDonald Alan M. Heal Kate V. Ó Dochartaigh Brighid, Ngwenya Bryne T. 2010. Manganese concentrations in Scottish groundwater. Science of the Total Environment, 408 (12). 2467-2473. 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2010.02.017

Graham MT, Ball DF, Ó Dochartaigh BÉ and MacDonald AM. 2009. Using transmissivity, specific capacity and yield data to assess the productivity of Scottish aquifers. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology 42, 227-235.

Cobbing J and Ó Dochartaigh BÉ. 2007. Hydrofracturing water boreholes in hard rock aquifers in Scotland. The Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology 40 (2) 181-186.