Mr Matthew Ascott


Location: Wallingford

Tel: 01491 69 2408

E-mail Mr Matthew Ascott


  •  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)

Research interests

  • Groundwater management for public water supply
  • Macronutrient cycling in groundwater and surface water
  • Groundwater-surface water interactions and the impacts of groundwater abstractions on river flows
  • Impacts of droughts on groundwater supply
  • Development of conceptual and numerical groundwater resources models for water resources management

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 fluxes to surface and groundwater
  •  2015 – ongoing : Modelling nitrate in groundwater in 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 groundwater resource exploitation in England and Wales to 2040
  •  2014 : Assessment of the hydrogeological controls on groundwater flooding in the Chalk, UK

Published outputs

  • Ascott, M.J., Gooddy, D.C., Lapworth, D.J., 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 (accepted).
  • Ascott, M., Wang, L., Stuart, M., Ward, R., Hart, A., 2016. Quantification of nitrate storage in the vadose (unsaturated) zone: a missing component of terrestrial N budgets. Hydrological Processes (DOI: 10.1002/hyp.10748)
  • Gooddy, D.C., Lapworth, D.J., Ascott, M.J., Bennett, S.A., Heaton, T.H.E., Surridge, B.W.J., 2015. Isotopic Fingerprint for Phosphorus in Drinking Water Supplies. Environmental Science & Technology 49, 9020-9028.
  • Ascott, M J, Lapworth, D, Gooddy, D, Karapanos, I, and Sage, R. 2016. Impacts of extreme flooding on bank filtration systems, Journal of Hydrology (in review).
  • Numerous UK water industry reports on low flow studies and groundwater resources management for public water supply.