Brighid O Dochartaigh

Miss Brighid O Dochartaigh
Senior Scientific Officer

Location: Edinburgh

Tel: 0131 6500 424

E-mail Brighid O Dochartaigh


  •  2009 : Deputy Project Leader, Clyde Urban Super Project
  •  1997 : Hydrogeologist, British Geological Survey
  •  1997 : MSc University of Birmingham, Hydrogeology
  •  1996 : BSc University of Edinburgh, Geology and Physical Geography


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

Research interests

  • Climate change and groundwater
  • Groundwater chemistry in Scottish aquifers
  • Groundwater in difficult (e.g. low permeability or dryland) environments
  • Groundwater monitoring
  • Groundwater resource management in developing countries
  • Urban groundwater

Current projects and collaboration

  • Baseline Scotland
  • Clyde Urban Super Project: urban groundwater monitoring; groundwater modelling in Glasgow; developing research into SuDS and ground source heat from minewater
  • Upland groundwater / surface water interaction at Talla, Scottish Borders

Professional association

  • Committee Member of the International Association of Hydrogeologists British Chapter
  • Committee member of the Central Scotland Regional Group of the Geological Society
  •  2008 : Chartered Geologist (2008)

Published outputs

Key papers

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

Campbell S Diarmad G, Merritt Joanne E. Ó Dochartaigh Brighid É. Mansour Majdi. Hughes Andrew G. Fordyce Fiona M. Entwisle David C. Monaghan Alison A and Loughlin Susan C. 2010. 3D geological models and their hydrogeological applications : supporting urban development : a case study in Glasgow-Clyde, UK. Zeitschrift der Deutschen Gesellschaft fur Geowissenschaften, 161 (2). 251-262. 10.1127/1860-1804/2010/0161-0251

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 M T, BALL D F, Ó DOCHARTAIGH B É and MACDONALD A M. 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.

MACDONALD A M, Ó DOCHARTAIGH B É, CALOW R C, SHALABI Y, SELAH S and MERRETT S. 2009. Mapping groundwater development costs for the transboundary Western Aquifer Basin, Palestine/Israel. Hydrogeology Journal 17, 1579-1587.

MACDONALD A M, CALOW R C, MACDONALD D M J, DARLING W G and Ó DOCHARTAIGH B É. 2009. What impact will climate change have on rural groundwater supplies in Africa?. Hydrological Sciences Journal 54 (4), 

MACDONALD A, Ó DOCHARTAIGH B and WELLE K. 2009. Mapping for Water Supply and Sanitation (WSS) in Ethiopia. Working Paper 11, RiPPLE / ODI.

Ó DOCHARTAIGH B É, MACDONALD A M, GRAHAM M T and FITZSIMONS V. 2008. Baseline Scotland: towards better groundwater quality management. Poster Paper for Joint SAC/SEPA Biennial Conference Agriculture and the Environment VII: Land Management in a Changing Environment. 26-27 March 2008, Edinburgh.

COBBING J and Ó DOCHARTAIGH B É. 2007. Hydrofracturing water boreholes in hard rock aquifers in Scotland. The Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology 40 (2) 181-186.

Ó DOCHARTAIGH B É, MACDONALD A M, GRIFFITHS K J, LILLY A, DEGROOTE J, CHILTON P J and HUGHES A G. 2007. Assessing the effectiveness of Scotland's groundwater nitrate monitoring network. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, 40 (4) 393-406.