Dr Rachel Dearden

Dr Rachel Dearden Hydrogeologist

Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3591

E-mail Dr Rachel Dearden


  •  2008 –present :  Hydrogeologist, British Geological Survey
  •  2006 –2007 :  Post-doctoral researcher, University of Birmingham
  •  2003 –2007 :  PhD University of Birmingham
  •  1999 –2003 :  BSc (Hons), University of Wales, Bangor, Environmental Science

Current projects and collaboration

  •  2013 :  Delivery of geological data and information from 3D geological models
  •  2013 :  Sustainable use of the subsurface
  •  2011 –2014 :  NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow - Sustainable Infiltration
  •  2010 –present :  Sustainable drainage systems


  •  2013 :  Sustainable Drainage & Flood Management Initiative of the Year at the Water Industry Achievement Awards

Research interests

  •  Delivering data and information from 3D geological models
  •  Sustainable drainage (SuDS)
  •  Using geoscience data to improve decision-making

Published outputs

Key papers

Dearden, R.A., Marchant, A. and Royse, K. 2013. Development of a suitability map for infiltration sustainable drainage systems (SuDS). Environmental Earth Sciences, DOI 10.1007/s12665-013-2301-7

DEARDEN, R A and PRICE, S, 2011. A national suitability dataset for infiltration-based sustainable drainage systems. Proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference on Computing and Control for the Water Industry, September 2011, Volume 1, pp 253-258

RIVETT, M.O., WEALTHALL, G.P., DEARDEN, R.A. AND MCALARY, T.A. (2011) Review of unsaturated-zone transport and attenuation of volatile organic compound (VOC) plumes leached from shallow source zones, Journal of Contaminant Hydrogeology, 123 (3-4), pp 130-156

CHAMBERS, J E, WILKINSON, P B, WEALTHALL, G P, LOKE, M H, DEARDEN, R A, WILSON, R, ALLEN, D, OGILVY, R D, 2010 Hydrogeophysical imaging of deposit heterogeneity and groundwater chemistry changes during DNAPL source zone bioremediation. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology doi:10.1016/j.jconhyd.2010.07.001

DEARDEN, R A, CHAMBERS, J, ALLEN, D, WEALTHALL, G. 2010. Site investigation techniques for DNAPL source and plume zone characterisation, Sabre Bulletin SAB2, September 2010, Published by CL:aire (Contaminated Land: Application in Real Environments)

DEARDEN, R A, PRICE, S, 2010. Surface Water Flooding: Sustainable drainage to the ground. UK Groundwater Forum.

RIVETT, M O and DEARDEN, R A. 2010. Streamtube Project Overview: Longitudinal transect assessment of the SABRE site DNAPL source zone, Research Bulletin RB11, September 2010, Published by CL:aire (Contaminated Land: Application in Real Environments)

WHITE, R A, RIVETT, M O, TELLAM, J H, 2008. Paleo-roothole facilitated transport of aromatic hydrocarbons through a Holocene clay bed, Environmental Science and Technology, 42 (19) pp 7118-7124