Dr Majdi Mansour

Dr Majdi Mansour

Groundwater modeller

Location: BGS Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3509

E-mail Dr Majdi Mansour

ORCID: 0000000330588864

Published outputs


  • 2003 : PhD The University of Birmingham, Civil Engineering
  • 2002 – ongoing : Groundwater Modeller, British Geological Survey
  • 1999 : MSc The University of Birmingham, Water Resources Technology and Management
  • 1994 : BSc Beirut Arab University, Civil Engineering

Professional association

  • Fellow of the Geological Society, London
  • Member of the Syndicate of the Lebanese Order of Engineers


  • Development of basic graphical interfaces using Visual C++
  • Development of mathematical tools for groundwater flow simulation using the C++ object oriented programming language
  • Using R Statistics for data manipulation and statistical analysis.

Research interests

  • Development of the Cylindrical grid Object Oriented Model (COOMPuTe) for pumping test analysis and flow to boreholes
  • Development of the Zooming Object Oriented Distributed Recharge Model (ZOODRM) looking at recharge calculation under different climate and in urban areas
  • Impact of climate change on recharge, soil moisture and groundwater flooding.
  • Modelling variable density flows targeting saline intrusion in coastal aquifers.
  • Simulation of groundwater heads and flows for groundwater resources and management
  • Simulation of variation of soil moisture in the soil zone.

Current projects and collaboration

  • 2018 : LANDWISE: Land management in lowland catchments for integrated flood risk reduction
  • 2018 : GeoERA - TACTIC: Tools for Assessment of ClimaTe change ImpacT on Groundwater and Adaptation Strategies
  • 2018 : Hydro-JULES: A research programme that aims at developing a new generation of terrestrial hydrological models linked to the JULES model to complete the terrestrial water cycle.
  • 2014 –2016 : Assessment of recharge in Malawi
  • 2014 –2017 : IMPETUS: Improving Predictions of Drought for User Decision-Making;
  • 2014 : Simulation of groundwater flows in the Chalk aquifer of the Thames Basin, UK

Key papers

  • Upton, K A, Butler, A P, Jackson, C R, and Mansour, M. 2019. Modelling boreholes in complex heterogeneous aquifers. Environmental Modelling & Software, 118. 48-60. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsoft.2019.03.018
  • Mansour, M, Peach, D, Robins, N, and Hughes, A. 2019. Using a distributed recharge model to quantify recharge processes in a semi-arid karst catchment: an example from Wadi Natuf, West Bank. Water, 11 (2), 276. https://doi.org/10.3390/w11020276
  • Hutchins, M G, Abesser, C, Prudhomme, C, Elliott, J A, Bloomfield, J P, Mansour, M M, and Hitt, O E. 2018. Combined impacts of future land-use and climate stressors on water resources and quality in groundwater and surface waterbodies of the upper Thames river basin, UK. Science of the Total Environment, 631-632. 962-986. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.03.052
  • Mansour, M M, Wang, L, Whiteman, Mark, and Hughes, A G. 2018. Estimation of spatially distributed groundwater potential recharge for the United Kingdom. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, 51 (2). 247-263. https://doi.org/10.1144/qjegh2017-051
  • Tamayo-Mas, E, Bianchi, M, Mansour, and M. 2018. Impact of model complexity and multi-scale data integration on the estimation of hydrogeological parameters in a dual-porosity aquifer. Hydrogeology Journal, 26 (6). 1917-1933. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10040-018-1745-y
  • Turner, R J, Mansour, M M, Dearden, R, O Dochartaigh, B E, and Hughes, A G. 2015. Improved understanding of groundwater flow in complex superficial deposits using three-dimensional geological-framework and groundwater models: an example from Glasgow, Scotland (UK). Hydrogeology Journal, 23 (3). 493-506. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10040-014-1207-0
  • Mansour, M M, and Spink, A E F. 2013. Grid refinement in Cartesian Coordinates for groundwater flow models using the Divergence Theorem and Taylor’s Series. Groundwater, 51 (1). 66-75. 10.1111/j.1745-6584.2012.00924.x
  • Mansour, M M, Peach, D W, Hughes, A G, and Robins, N S. 2012. Tension over equitable allocation of water : estimating renewable groundwater resources beneath the West Bank and Israel. In: Rose, E P F, Mather, J D, (eds.) Military aspects of hydrogeology. London, UK, Geological Society of London, 355-361. (Geological Society Special Publication, 362).
  • Mansour, M M,; Hughes, A G, Robins, N S, Ball, D, and Okoronkwo, C. 2012. The role of numerical modelling in understanding groundwater flow in Scottish alluvial aquifers. In: Shepley, M.G., (ed.) Groundwater resources modelling : a case study from the UK. London, UK, Geological Society of London, 85-98. (Geological Society Special Publications, 364, 364).
  • Mansour, M M, Barkwith, A, and Hughes, A G. 2011. A simple overland flow calculation method for distributed groundwater recharge models. Hydrological Processes, 25 (22). 3462-3471.
  • Mansour, M M, Hughes, A G, Spink, A E F, and Riches, J. 2011. Pumping test analysis using a layered cylindrical grid numerical model in a complex, heterogeneous Chalk Aquifer. Journal of Hydrology, 401 (1-2). 14-21.
  • Hughes, A G, Mansour, M M, and Robins, N S. 2008. Evaluation of Distributed Recharge in an Upland Semi-arid Karst System: the West Bank Mountain Aquifer, Middle East. Hydrogeology Journal, 16, 845-854.
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