Dr Katherine Royse

Dr Katherine Royse

Science Director environmental modelling

Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3456

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Dr Katherine Royse holds a PhD in Anorthosite petrogenesis and emplacement. She is an associate editor of the Geoscience Data Journal. Her research has focused around the development of 3D geological models in the urban environment for decision support and hazard mitigation. In 2010 she was awarded a NERC KE Fellowship for which, she has lead a team in the development of a linked Groundwater Catastrophe model which won an OpenMI association award in 2012. Katherine has had a variety of roles at the BGS before taking up the position of science director for environmental modelling in 2013 most recently as Team Leader for Derived Products and project leader for the London and the Thames Gateway project.


  •  2013 – ongoing : Science Director Environmental Modelling
  •  2010 –2014 : NERC KE Fellow: Probability Uncertainty and Risk in the Environment
  •  2008 –2013 : Team Leader Derived Products
  •  2006 –2008 : Team Leader Urban Development
  •  2004 –2013 : Project Manager London and the Thames Gateway
  •  2001 –2004 : Programme Manager UKODP/IODP
  •  1997 : PhD Keele University


  • 3D Geological Modelling
  • Applied geology
  • Integrated Environmental Modelling
  • Risk and uncertainty analysis

Professional association

  •  2009 : Geological Society Chartered Scrutineer
  •  2004 : Science and Engineering Ambassador
  •  2002 : European Geologist (EurGeol)
  •  2001 : Chartered Geologist
  •  2001 –2007 : Committee member of the East Midlands Regional Group of the Geological Society of London

Research interests

  • Ecosystem services
  • Environmental modelling and parameterisation
  • Risk and vulnerability
  • Urban geoscience


  • Open MI Award 2011: Development of a simple catatrophe model for groundwater Flooding in the Berkshire Downs

Current projects and collaboration

  •  2010 – ongoing : Board Member of the NERC PURE programme
  •  2010 – ongoing : Member of the London Basin Forum

Published outputs

Key papers

Dearden, R.A., Marchant, A., and Royse, K.R., 2013, Development of a suitability map for infiltration sustainatlbe drainage systems Environmental Earth Sciences.

Hughes, R., Murray, V., and Royse, K.R., 2012 Data Sharing. Report produced for the Government Office for Science, Foresight project: Reducing Risks of Future Disasters: Priorities for Decision Makers. , Foresight, p. 26.

Marchant, A., Banks, V.J., Royse, K.R., and Quigley, S.P., 2013, The Development of a GIS methodology to assess the potential for water resource contamination due to new development in the 2012 Olympic Park site, London: Computers and Geosciences, v. 51, p. 206-215.

Marchant, A.P., Banks, V.J., Royse, K.R., Quigley, S.P. & Wealthall, G.P., 2011. An Initial Screening Tool for water resource contamination due to development in the Olympic Park 2012 site, London Environmental Earth Sciences, 64, 483-495.

Royse, K.R., 2010 Combining numerical and cognitive 3D modelling approaches in order to determine the structure of the Chalk in the London Basin, Computers and Geosciences 36, 500-511.

Royse, K.R., 2011. The Handling of Hazard Data on a National Scale: A Case Study from the British Geological Survey, Surveys in Geophysics, 32, 753-776.

Royse, K.R., Kessler, H., Robins, N.S., Hughes, A.G. & Mathers, S., 2010. The use of 3D geological models in the development of the conceptual groundwater model, Zeitschrift der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften, 161, 237-249.

Royse, K.R., de Freitas, M., Burgess, W.G., Cosgrove, J., Ghail, R.C., Gibbard, P., King, C., Lawrence, U., Mortimore, R.N., Owen, H., and Skipper, J., 2012, Geology of London, UK: Proceedings of the Geologists' Association, v. 123, p. 22-45.

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