Rachel Alexandra Bell


Location: BGS Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3476

E-mail Rachel Alexandra Bell


  • 2012 – ongoing : Project Hydrogeologist, British Geological Survey
  • 2011 –2012 : Hydrogeologist, Golder Associates
  • 2008 –2009 : MSc Hydrogeology, University of Birmingham.
  • 2005 –2008 : Geochemical Sampler UK and Northern Ireland, British Geological Survey

Current projects and collaboration

  • 2012 – ongoing : Groundwater chemistry monitoring in relation to shale gas development
  • 2016 – ongoing : Monitoring the impact of the 2015/16 El NiƱo on rural water insecurity in Ethiopia
  • 2013 – ongoing : Secretariat for the UK Groundwater Forum
  • 2012 –2016 : National Methane Baseline Survey
  • 2013 – ongoing : Developing a SuDS Observatory to investigate the impact of sustainable drainage on groundwater quality and quantity.

Key papers

  • Bell, R.A.; Darling, W.G.; Ward, R.S.; Basava-Reddi, L.; Halwa, L.; Manamsa, K.; O Dochartaigh, B.E.O.. 2017 A baseline survey of dissolved methane in aquifers in Great Britain. Science of the Total Environment, 601-602. 1803-1813. 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.05.191
  • Sorensen, J.P.R.; Lapworth, D.J.; Nkhuwa, D.C.W.; Stuart, M.E.; Gooddy, D.C.; Bell, R.A.; Chirwa, M.; Kabika, J.; Liemisa, M.; Chibesa, M.; Pedley, S. 2015. Emerging contaminants in urban groundwater sources in Africa.Water Research, 72. 51-63. 10.1016/j.watres.2014.08.002
  • Bricker, S.H.; Yadav, S.K.; MacDonald, A.M.; Satyal, Y.; Dixit, A.; Bell, R. 2014. Groundwater resilience Nepal: preliminary findings from a case study in the Middle Hills. Nottingham, UK, British Geological Survey, 60pp. (OR/14/069) (Unpublished)

Published outputs

Research interests

  • UK Hydrogeology and environmental baselines
  • Baseline methane concentrations in UK groundwater
  • International groundwater resources and impacts of climate change
  • Sustainable drainage systems and impacts to groundwater


  • Field groundwater sampling for baseline and contaminated sampling
  • Measurement of dissolved gases in groundwater
  • Planning and carrying out national scale groundwater surveys.