Dr Rachel Dearden

Dr Rachel Dearden

Project manager

Location: BGS Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3591

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Rachel has worked at BGS since 2008. She has a PhD in hydrogeology and has worked in research, product development and on the delivery of capital projects. Rachel is a project manager and has extensive experience of managing projects involving scientific research, software development, spatial data products and capital investments. Rachel has successfully won a number of grants relating to knowledge exchange and innovative geospatial product development.


  • 2017 –2022 : PRINCE 2 Foundation and practitioner


  • 2016 – ongoing : UK Geoenergy Observatories Deputy Project Manager
  • 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

Current projects and collaboration

  • 2016 – ongoing : UK Geoenergy Observatories Project - a £31m capital project funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • 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 –2017 : Delivery of geological data and information from 3D geological models (BGS Groundhog)
  • 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 –2016 : 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

Key papers

  • 2014 –2014 : Mathers, S J, Burke, H F, Terrington, R L, Thorpe, S, Dearden, R A, Williamson, J P, and Ford, J R. 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)
  • 2014 –2014 : Miller, J D, Kim, H, Kjeldsen, T R, Packman, J, Grebby, S, and Dearden, R A. 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
  • 2014 –2014 : Rivett, M O, Dearden, R A, and Wealthall, G P. 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
  • 2013 : 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
  • 2011 : 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
  • 2011 : 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
  • 2010 : Chambers, J E, Wilkinson, P B, Wealthall, G P, Loke, M H, Dearden, R A, Wilson, R, Allen, D, and 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
  • 2010 : Dearden, R A, Chambers, J, Allen, D, and 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)
  • 2010 : Dearden, R A, and Price, S. 2010. Surface Water Flooding: Sustainable drainage to the ground. UK Groundwater Forum.

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