Mr Matthew Ascott


Location: BGS Wallingford

Tel: 01491 69 2408

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  • 2014 – ongoing : Hydrogeologist, British Geological Survey
  • 2012 –2013 : Hydrogeologist, Affinity Water
  • 2011 –2012 : MSc Hydrogeology, University of Birmingham (Distinction)
  • 2010 –2011 : Water Resources Assistant, Veolia Water Central
  • 2007 –2010 : BSc (Hons) Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia (1st Class)

Current projects and collaboration

  • 2015 – ongoing : Assessing the use of Tryptophan-like fluorescence as a real-time indicator of faecal contamination in public water supplies (TryGGER)
  • 2015 – ongoing : Impacts of water mains leakage on phosphorus and nitrogen fluxes to surface and groundwater
  • 2015 – ongoing : Modelling nitrate in groundwater in England and Wales and at a global scale
  • 2015 – ongoing : Groundwater resource assessment in East and West Africa (BRAVE and HyCRISTAL)
  • 2015 – ongoing : Quantification of relative impacts of climate change and geological heterogeneity on chalk borehole yields during drought
  • 2014 : Assessment of the hydrogeological controls on groundwater flooding in the Chalk, UK

Published outputs

  • Ascott, M.J., Gooddy, D.C., Wang, L., Stuart, M.E., Lewis, M.A., Ward, R.S. and Binley, A.M. (2017) Global patterns of nitrate storage in the vadose zone. Nature Communications 8(1), 1416.
  • Ascott, M.J., Marchant, B.P., Macdonald, D., McKenzie, A.A. and Bloomfield, J.P. (2017) Improved understanding of spatio-temporal controls on regional scale groundwater flooding using hydrograph analysis and impulse response functions. Hydrological Processes 31(25), 4586-4599.
  • Gooddy, D.C., Ascott, M.J., Lapworth, D.J., Ward, R.S., Jarvie, H.P., Bowes, M.J., Tipping, E., Dils, R. and Surridge, B.W.J. (2017) Mains water leakage: Implications for phosphorus source apportionment and policy responses in catchments. Science of The Total Environment 579, 702-708.
  • Ascott, M.J., Wang, L., Stuart, M.E., Ward, R.S. and Hart, A. (2016) Quantification of nitrate storage in the vadose (unsaturated) zone: a missing component of terrestrial N budgets. Hydrological Processes 30(12), 1903-1915.
  • Ascott, M.J., Lapworth, D.J., Gooddy, D.C., Sage, R.C. and Karapanos, I. (2016) Impacts of extreme flooding on riverbank filtration water quality. Science of The Total Environment 554–555, 89-101.
  • Ascott, M.J., Gooddy, D.C., Lapworth, D.J. and Stuart, M.E. (2016) Estimating the leakage contribution of phosphate dosed drinking water to environmental phosphorus pollution at the national-scale. Science of The Total Environment 572, 1534-1542.
  • Wang, L., Stuart, M., Lewis, M., Ward, R., Skirvin, D., Naden, P., Collins, A. and Ascott, M. (2016) The changing trend in nitrate concentrations in major aquifers due to historical nitrate loading from agricultural land across England and Wales from 1925 to 2150. Science of The Total Environment 542, 694-705.
  • Gooddy, D.C., Lapworth, D.J., Ascott, M.J., Bennett, S.A., Heaton, T.H.E. and Surridge, B.W.J. (2015) Isotopic Fingerprint for Phosphorus in Drinking Water Supplies. Environmental Science & Technology 49(15), 9020-9028.
  • Numerous UK water industry reports on low flow studies and groundwater resources management for public water supply.

Research interests

  • Groundwater management for public water supply
  • Macronutrient cycling in groundwater and surface water
  • Impacts of droughts and climate change on groundwater supply
  • Development of conceptual and numerical groundwater resources models for water resources management