Gareth John Farr

Mr Gareth John Farr


Location: BGS Cardiff

Tel: 029 2167 4280

E-mail Gareth John Farr

Published outputs


  • 2013: Hydrogeologist BGS, Cardiff
  • 2004-2013 Technical Officer Groundwater & Contaminated Land. Environment Agency Wales.
  • 2001: BSc (Hons) Universtity of Birmingham Geology.

Boards and committees

  • Water Framework Driective UK Technical Advisory Group (WFD -UKTAG) for groundwater dependent wetlands

Commissioned reports

  • Farr, G, Graham, J, and Stratford, C. 2014. Survey characterisation and condition assessment of Palustriella dominated springs H7220 Petrifying springs with tufa formation (Cratoneurion) in Wales. For Natural Resrouces Wales. CEH REF: WL/NEC03832/13_14/T6
  • Farr, G, and Hall, J. 2014. Atmospheric deposition at groundwater dependent wetlands: implications for effective catchment management and Water Framework Directive groundwater classification in England and Wales. Nottingham, UK, British Geological Survey, 62pp. (OR/14/047) (Unpublished)
  • Lawrence, D J D, Farr G J, Whitbread K, and Kendall R. 2013. The geology, hydrogeology and vulnerability of the Great Spring Source Protection Zone. British Geological Survey Commissioned Report for Natural Resources Wales.

Current projects and collaboration

  • Private Water Supplies: information to support public health priorities (NERC Innovate Project).
  • Source Apportionment of nitrogen at Wetlands (Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales, Natural England, CEH.

Professional association

  • 2013 : Chartered Geologist
  • 2014 –2017 : Chairperson of the Southern Wales Regional Group of the Geological Society
  • 2004 : Fellow of the Geological Society, London

Key papers

Farr, G J, Patton, A M, Boon, D P, James, D R, Williams, B, and Schofield, D I. 2017. Mapping shallow urban groundwater temperatures, a case study from Cardiff, UK. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, 50 (2). 187-198.

Farr, G, Sadasivam, S, Manju, Watson, I A, Thomas, H R, and Tucker, D. 2016. Low enthalpy heat recovery potential from coal mine discharges in the South Wales Coalfield. International Journal of Coal Geology. 10.1016/j.coal.2016.05.008

Farr, G, and Bottrell, S H. 2013. The hydrogeology and hydrochemistry of the thermal waters at Taffs Well, South Wales. Cave and Karst Science, Vol 40, No 1.

Beamish D, and Farr G. 2013. Airborne geophysics: a novel approach to assist hydrogeological investigations at groundwater-dependent wetlands. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, 46 (1). 53-62.