Mr James Sorensen

Mr James Sorensen


Location: Wallingford

Tel: 01491 69 2662

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  •  2008 – ongoing : Hydrogeologist, British Geological Survey
  •  2008 : MSc (distinction), Hydrogeology, University of Leeds
  •  2007 : Hydrogeologist/Environment Scientist, Mouchel
  •  2007 : Hydrogeologist/Environmental Scientist, Atkins
  •  2006 : BSc (Hons) 1st class, Environmental Science, Lancaster University

Research interests

  • Agrochemicals in groundwater
  • Groundwater and development
  • Groundwater monitoring
  • Groundwater recharge
  • Novel field techniques
  • Potential impacts of carbon dioxide storage schemes on freshwater aquifers

Professional association

  • Member of the Internation Association of Hydrogeologists


  •  2008 : WYG Prize for academic achievement (Leeds University)
  •  2007 : Postgraduate full fee scholarship (Leeds University)

Current projects and collaboration

  • BRAVE: Building understanding of climate variability into planning of groundwater supplies from low storage aquifers in Africa
  • GroFutures: Groundwater Futures in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Groundwater-surface water interaction, Lambourn Observatory, UK
  • In Salah CCS, Algeria
  • TryGGER: Application of tryptophan fluorescence sensors for improved raw water quality monitoring of faecal contamination in Groundwater sources

Published outputs

Key papers

Sorensen, J. P. R.; Lapworth, D. J.; Marchant, B. P.; Nkhuwa, D. C. W., Pedley, S.; et al. (2015). In-situ tryptophan-like fluorescence: a real-time indicator of faecal contamination in drinking water supplies. Water Research, 81, 38-46

Sorensen, J. P. R.; Lapworth, D. J.; Nkhuwa, D. C. W.; Stuart, M. E.; Gooddy, D. C.; Bell, R. A. et al. (2015). Emerging contaminants in urban groundwater sources in Africa. Water research, 72, 51-63.

Sorensen, J.P.R.; Butcher, A.S.; Stuart, M.E.; Townsend, B.R.. 2015 Nitrate fluctuations at the water table: implications for recharge processes and solute transport in the Chalk aquifer. Hydrological Processes, 29 (15). 3355-3367. 10.1002/hyp.10447

Sorensen, J.P.R.; Lapworth, D.J.; Read, D.S.; Nkhuwa, D.C.W.; Bell, R.A.; Chibesa, M.; Chirwa, M.; Kabika, J.; Liemisa, M.; Pedley, S.. 2015 Tracing enteric pathogen contamination in sub-Saharan African groundwater. Science of the Total Environment, 538. 888-895. 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.08.119

Sorensen, J.P.R.; Sadhu, A.; Sampath, G.; Sugden, S.; Dutta Gupta, S.; Lapworth, D.J.; Marchant, B.P.; Pedley, S.. 2016 Are sanitation interventions a threat to drinking water supplies in rural India? An application of tryptophan-like fluorescence. Water Research, 88. 923-932. 10.1016/j.watres.2015.11.006

Chambers, J. E.; Wilkinson, P. B.; Uhlemann, S.; Sorensen, J. P. R. et al. (2014). Derivation of lowland riparian wetland deposit architecture using geophysical image analysis and interface detection. Water Resources Research, 50(7), 5886-5905.

Sorensen, J.P.R.; Finch, J.W.; Ireson, A.M.; Jackson, C.R. 2014. Comparison of varied complexity models simulating recharge at the field-scale. Hydrological Processes, 28(4), 2091-2102

Sorensen, J.P.R.; Maurice, L.; Edwards, F.K.; Lapworth, D.J.; Read, D.S. et al. 2013. Using boreholes as windows into groundwater ecosystems. PloS one, 8(7), e70264

Davies, J.; Robins, N.S; Farr, J.; Sorensen, J.; Beetlestone, P; Cobbing, J.E. 2013. Identifying transboundary aquifers in need of international resource management in the SADC Region of southern Africa. Hydrogeology Journal, 21 (2), 321-330

Sorensen, J.P.R.; Butcher, A.S.. 2011 Water level monitoring pressure transducers : a need for industry-wide standards. Ground Water Monitoring & Remediation, 31 (4). 56-62. 10.1111/j.1745-6592.2011.01346.x