Dr Rachel Dearden

Dr Rachel Dearden

Hydrogeologist and Geoscience Product Developer

Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3591

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  •  2008 – ongoing : 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

Research interests

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

Current projects and collaboration

  •  2015 –2017 : ‘BIM for the subsurface’ funded under the Technology Strategy Board’s ‘Digitising the Construction Industry call’
  •  2014 –2015 : “Modelling the geological factors in pipe failure for better infrastructure management” in collaboration with Yorkshire Water. Funded by NERC’s ‘Environmental Risks to Infrastructure call’
  •  2013 – ongoing : Delivery of geological data and information from 3D geological models (BGS Groundhog)
  •  2013 – ongoing : Sustainable use of the subsurface
  •  2013 –2014 : ‘Ground information for the house-building industry’ funded by NERC’s ‘Environmental Data call’
  •  2011 –2014 : ‘Sustainable Infiltration knowledge exchange fellowship, funded by NERC’s Knowledge Exchange Fellowship scheme
  •  2010 – ongoing : Development of Infiltration SuDS Map funded by BGS National Capability funding


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

Published outputs

Key papers

Mathers, SJ, Burke, HF, Terrington, RL, Thorpe, S, Dearden, RA, Williamson, JP, Ford, JR (2014) A geological model of London and the Thames Valley, southeast England. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association, 125 (4), pp 373-382 (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0016787814000662)

Miller, JD, Kim, H, Kjeldsen, TR, Packman, J, Grebby, S and Dearden, R (2014) Assessing the impact of urbanization on storm runoff in a peri-urban catchment using historical change in impervious cover. Journal of Hydrology. 515, pp59-70

Rivett, MO, Dearden, RA, Wealthall, GP, (2014) Architecture, persistence and dissolution of a 20 to 45 year old trichloroethene DNAPL source zone. J. Contaminant Hydrogeology. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jconhyd.2014.09.008

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, RA 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, MO, Wealthall, GP, Dearden, RA 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, JE, Wilkinson, PB, Wealthall, GP, Loke, MH, Dearden, RA, Wilson, R, Allen, D, Ogilvy, RD (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, Price, S (2010) Surface Water Flooding: Sustainable drainage to the ground. UK Groundwater Forum.

Dearden, RA, 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)