Dr Andrew Hughes

Dr Andrew HughesGroundwater modeller

Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3464

E-mail Dr Andrew Hughes


  • 2007–current: Principal Groundwater Modeller
  • 1999–2007: Senior Groundwater Modeller
  • 1998–1999: Groundwater modelling manager, Water Management Consultants Ltd, Shrewsbury
  • 1997: PhD University of Birmingham, Modelling gas movement in the unsaturated zone
  • 1994–1997: PhD Student, University of Birmingham
  • 1993–1994: Groundwater Modeller,  Water Management Consultants Ltd, Shrewsbury
  • 1990–1993: Research Associate, University of Birmingham
  • 1990: MSc University of Birmingham, Water Resources Technology
  • 1989: BEng (Hons) University of Birmingham, Chemical Engineering

Research interests

  • Object oriented groundwater model development, particularly with reference to groundwater recharge modelling
  • Stakeholder uptake of modelling results
  • Simulation of groundwater flooding
  • Gas movement through the unsaturated zone
  • Integrated Environmental Modelling


  • Groundwater modelling
  • Gas flow modelling

Current projects and collaboration

  • Hydrological Extremes and Feedbacks in the Changing Water Cycle — BGS PM on NERC Grant — collaboration with Imperial College, University College and Reading University
  • Development of Community of Integrated Environmental Modelling roadmap — US-European collaboration
  • Secretary of the OpenMI Association
  • PI for the GROMIT project (NE/F018568/1) which seeks to understand the impact of Climate Change on the efficiency of Ground Source Heat Pumps

Professional association

  • Fellow of the GeolSoc

Published outputs

Key Papers

HUGHES A.G., VOUNAKI T., PEACH D.W., IRESON A.M., JACKSON C.R., BUTLER A.P., BLOOMFIELD J.P., FINCH J., and WHEATER, H.S.  In press.  Flood risk from groundwater: examples from a Chalk catchment in southern England.  Journal of Flood Risk Management.

MANSOUR M.M, HUGHES A.G., SPINK A.E.F. and RICHES, J., 2011. Pumping test analysis using a layered cylindrical grid numerical model in a complex, heterogeneous chalk aquifer. Journal of Hydrology DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2011.02.005

MANSOUR M.M., BARKWITH A.K.A.P. and HUGHES A.G., 2011. A Simple Overland Flow Calculation Method for Distributed Groundwater Recharge Models. Hydrological Processes. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.8074

Ó DOCHARTAIGH, B. E., MACDONALD, A.M., DARLING, W. G., HUGHES, A. G., LI, J.; and SHI, L. 2010.  Determining groundwater degradation from irrigation in desert-marginal northern China.  Hydrogeol. J, 18; 8, 1939-1592.

REES, J. G., GIBSON, A. D., HARRISON, M., HUGHES, A., WALSBY, J. C., 2009. Regional modelling of geohazard change Geological Society, London, Engineering Geology Special Publications 2009 22: 49-63

HUGHES A.G., MANSOUR M.M. and ROBINS N.S., 2008. Evaluation of distributed recharge in an upland semi-arid karst system: the West Bank Mountain Aquifer, Hydrogeology Journal. Doi 10.1007/s10040-008-0273-6.