Dr Christopher Jackson

Dr Christopher Jackson

Team Leader: Process Modelling

Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3196

E-mail Dr Christopher Jackson


  • Principal Groundwater Modeller, British Geological Survey
  •  2013 – ongoing : Team Leader, Process Modelling
  •  2005 –2012 : External Lecturer, MSc Environmental Hydrogeology, Cardiff University
  •  2000 : PhD University of Birmingham, Groundwater Modelling
  •  1997 –2001 : Research Associate, School of Civil Engineering, University of Birmingham
  •  1996 : MSc(Eng) University of Birmingham, Water Resources Technology & Management
  •  1993 : BSc University of East Anglia, Geophysical Science

Professional association

Research interests

  • ZOOMQ3D groundwater model development
  • OpenMI and FluidEarth technology for integrated hydrological modelling
  • Groundwater flooding
  • Groundwater, climate change and extreme events
  • Impacts of climate change on groundwater deployable output
  • Numerical methods for groundwater flow simulation
  • Pumping test analysis and flow to boreholes

Current projects and collaboration

  • IMPETUS: improving predictions of drought to inform user decisions. Funded by NERC Droughts and Water Security Programme.
  • Hydroflux: Hydrometeorological feedbacks and changes in water storage and fluxes in northern India. Principal Investigator, NERC Changing Water Cycle funded project.
  • Assessing the risk of groundwater-induced sewer flooding to inform water and sewerage company investment planning. NERC funded research project in collaboration with Imperial College London and Thames Water Utilities
  • Hydrological Outlook: a multi-partner collaboration providing 3-month ahead forecasts of groundwater levels and river flows for the UK
  • PhD projects: Understanding the interactions between adited groundwater sources and the Chalk aquifer under drought conditions, A Rodriguez Yebra, Imperial College London; Groundwater flows in an urbanised floodplain and implications for environmental management, D Macdonald, University of Reading.

Published outputs

Key papers

Watts G, Battarbee R W, Bloomfield J P, Crossman J, Daccache A, Durance I, Elliott J A, Garner G, Hannaford J, Hannah D M, Hess T, Jackson C R, Kay A L, Kernan M, Know J, Mackay J D, Monteith D T, Ormerod S J, Rance J, Stuart M E, Wade A J, Wade S D, Weatherhead K, Whitehead P G, Wilby R L. 2015. Climate change and water in the UK : past changes and future prospects. Progress in Physical Geography, 39(1), 6-28. doi: 10.1177/0309133314542957

Jackson C R, Bloomfield J P, Mackay J D. 2015. Evidence for changes in historic and future groundwater levels in the UK. Progress in Physical Geography, 39(1), 49-67, doi: 10.1177/0309133314550668

Barkwith A, Hurst M, Jackson C R, Wang L, Ellis M, Coulthard T. 2015. Simulating the influences of groundwater on regional geomorphology using a distributed, dynamic, landscape evolution modelling platform. Environmental Modelling & Software, 74, 1-20, doi: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2015.09.001

Chambers J E, Meldrum P I, Wilkinson P B, Ward W, Jackson C R, Matthews B, Joel P, Kuras O, Bai L, Uhlemann S. 2015. Spatial monitoring of groundwater drawdown and rebound associated with quarry dewatering using automated time-lapse electrical resistivity tomography and distribution guided clustering. Engineering Geology, 193, 412-420, doi: 10.1016/j.enggeo.2015.05.015

Parker S, Butler A, Jackson C R. 2015. Seasonal and interannual behaviour of groundwater catchment boundaries in a Chalk aquifer. 2015. Hydrological Processes, doi: 10.1002/hyp.10540

Svensson C, Brookshaw A, Scaife A A, Bell V, Mackay J D, Jackson C R, Hannaford J, Davies H N, Arribas A, Williams A. 2015. Long range forecasts of UK winter hydrology. Environmental Research Letters, 10, 064006, doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/10/6/064006

Watson C, Richardson J F , Wood B, Jackson C R, Hughes A G. 2015. Improving geological and process model integration through TIN to 3D grid conversion. Computers & Geosciences, 82, 45-54, doi: 10.1016/j.cageo.2015.05.010

Mackay J, Jackson C R, Wang L. 2014. A lumped conceptual model to simulate groundwater level time-series. Environmental Modelling & Software, 61, 229-245, doi: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2014.06.003.

Sorensen J, Finch J, Ireson A and Jackson C R. 2014. Comparison of varied complexity models simulating recharge at the field scale. Hydrological Processes, 28, 2091-2102, doi: 10.1002/hyp.9752.

Prudhomme C, Haxton T, Crooks S, Jackson C R, Barkwith A, Williamson J, Kelvin J, Mackay J, Wang L, Young A and Watts G. 2013. Future Flows Hydrology: an ensemble of daily river flow and monthly groundwater levels for use for climate change impact assessment across Great Britain. Earth Syts. Sci. Data, www.earth-syst-sci-data.net/5/101/2013/ doi:10.5194/essd-5-101-2013.

Jackson C R. 2012. Simple automatic time-stepping for improved simulation of groundwater hydrographs. Ground Water, 50 (5), 736-745.

Butler A P, Hughes A G, Jackson C R, Ireson A M, Parker S J, Wheater H S, and Peach D W. 2012. Advances in modelling groundwater behaviour in Chalk catchments. Geological Society Special Publication 364, 113-127.

Hulme P J, Jackson C R, Atkins J K, Hughes A G, Mansour M M, Seymour K J, and Wilson K J. 2012. A rapid model for estimating the depletion in river flows due to groundwater abstraction. Geological Society Special Publication 364, 289-302.

Jones M A, Hughes A G, Jackson C R, and Van Wonderen J J. 2012. Groundwater resource modelling for public water supply management in London. Geological Society Special Publication 364, 99-111.

Jackson C R, Meister R and Prudhomme C. 2011. Modelling the effects of climate change and its uncertainty on UK Chalk groundwater resources from an ensemble of global climate model projections. Journal of Hydrology, 399, 12–28.

Guardiola-Albert, C and Jackson C R. 2011. Potential impacts of climate change on groundwater supplies to the Doñana wetland, Spain. Wetlands, 31 (5), 907-920.

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. 2011. Flood risk from groundwater: examples from a Chalk catchment in southern England. Journal of Flood Risk Management, 4 (3), 143-155.

Upton K A and Jackson C R. 2011. Simulation of the spatio-temporal extent of groundwater flooding using statistical methods of hydrograph classification and lumped parameter models. Hydrological Processes, 25 (12), 1949–1963

Adams B A, Bloomfield J P, Gallagher A, Jackson C R, Rutter H and Williams A T. 2010. An Early Warning System for Groundwater Flooding in the Chalk. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, 43, 185-193.

Butcher A, Lawrence A, Jackson C R, Cullis E, Cunningham J, Hasan, K and Ingram J A. 2006. Investigating rising nitrate concentrations in groundwater in the Permo-Triassic sandstone aquifer in the UK. In: Fluid flow and solute movement in sandstones: The onshore UK Permo-Triassic red bed sequence (Edited by Barker R D and Tellam J H). Geological Society Special Publication 263, Geological Society, London, UK. 285-296.

Stuart M E, Gooddy D C, Hughes A G, and Jackson C R. 2006. A field and modelling study to determine pesticide occurrence in a public water supply in northern England, UK. Ground Water Monitoring and Remediation, 26 (4), 128–136.

Jackson C R, Hughes A G, O'Dochartaigh B E, Robins N S and Peach D W. 2005. Numerical testing of conceptual models of groundwater flow: a case study using the Dumfries Basin aquifer. Scottish Journal of Geology, 2005, 41(1), 51–60.