Helen Bonsor

Miss Helen Bonsor


Location: BGS Edinburgh

Tel: 0131 6500 261

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  • 2008 : Hydrogeologist, British Geological Survey
  • 2008 : MSc University of Birmingham, Hydrogeology
  • 2007 : BSc University of St Andrews, Geoscience

Current projects and collaboration

  • 2015 – 2019. UPGro Research Consortium Grant. A Hidden Crisis: understanding current rapid failure of boreholes in sub-Saharan Africa. NERC-DFID-ESRC funded.
  • 2015 – 2018. NERC KE Fellowship (PI) Integrating subsurface environmental research and data to city planning.
  • 2014-2017. European Cooperation of Science and Technology (COST) Sub-Urban Action (TU1206)
  • 2013-2015. UPGro Catalyst Grant (Project Manager) A Hidden Crisis: Strengthening the evidence base on the sustainability of rural groundwater services (NERC-DFID-ESRC funded)
  • 2012-15 Groundwater resources in the Indo‐Gangetic Basin: resilience to climate change and abstraction. DFID Accountable Research Grant
  • 2010-12. Groundwater resilience to climate change in Africa: DFID funded research to improve the understanding of the resilience of African groundwater to climate change and links to livelihoods.
  • 2009-2014. Clyde Urban Super Project. Hydrogeology of the Glasgow urban area – groundwater monitoring.
  • Mapping groundwater flooding susceptibility

Key papers

  • 2018 : Bonsor HC, Shamsudduhu M, Marchant BP, MacDonald AM, Taylor RG. 2018. Seasonal and decadal groundwater changes in African sedimentary aquifers estimated using GRACE products and LSMs. Remote Sensing, 10; 904, doi: 10.3390/rs10060904.
  • 2017 : Bonsor HC, MacDonald AM, Ahmed KM, Burgess WG, Basharat M, Calow RC, Dixit A, Foster SSD, Gopal K, Lapworth DJ, Moench M, Mukherjee A, Rao MS, Shamsudduha M, Smith L, Taylor RG, Tucker J, van Steenbergen F, Yadav SK, Zahid A. 2017. Hydrogeological typologies of the Indo-Gangetic basin alluvial aquifer, South Asia. Hydrogeology Journal. 10.1007/s10040-017-1550-z.
  • 2018 : Bonsor HC, MacDonald AM, Casey V, Carter R, Wilson P. 2018. The need for a standard approach to assessing the functionality of rural community supplies. Hydrogeology Journal, 26; (2), 367-370.
  • 2017 : Krabbendam M, Bonsor HC, Horstwood MSA, Rivers T. 2017. Tracking evolution of the Grenvillian Foreland Basin: Constraints from sedimentology and detrital zircon and rutile in the Sleat and Torridon Groups, Scotland, Precambrian Research.
  • 2017 : Bonsor HC. 2017. NERC Policy Briefing report, Integrating NERC(BGS) subsurface environmental research into city development processes and policy, British Geological Survey Open Report, OR/17/005, 35 ppResearch, 183; 4; 791-804.
  • 2017 : Bonsor, H.C.; Dahlqvist, P.; Moosman, L.; Classen, N.; Epting, J.; Huggenberger, P.; Garica-Gil, A.; Janza, M.; Laursen, G.; Stuurman, R.; Gogu, C.R.. 2017 Groundwater, geothermal modelling and monitoring at city-scale: reviewing European practice, EU COST Action Report, British Geological Survey OR/17/007, 69pp.
  • 2016 : MacDonald AM, Bonsor HC, Ahmed KM, Burgess WG, Basharat M, Calow RC, Dixit A, Foster SSD, Gopal K, Lapworth DJ, Lark RM, Moench M, Mukherjee A, Rao MS, Shamsudduha M, Smith L, Taylor RG, Tucker J, van Steenbergen F, Yadav SK. 2016 Groundwater quality and depletion in the Indo-Gangetic Basin mapped from in situ observations. Nature Geoscience, 9. 762-766. 10.1038/ngeo2791
  • 2015 : Campbell SDG, Bonsor HC, Lawrence D, Monaghan A, Whitbread K, Kearsey T, Finlayson A, Entwisle D, Kingdon A, Bricker S, Fordyce F, Barron H, Dick G, Hay D. 2015. Underground data and knowledge for the Cities of Tomorrow: lessons learned from Glasgow and its applicability elsewhere. City and territory territorial studies, 47 (186). 745-758.
  • 2013 : Bonsor HC, Barron H, Bricker S, Entwisle D, Lawrence D, Lawrie K, O Dochartaigh BE, Campbell SDG. 2013. Maximising past investment in subsurface data in urban areas for sustainable resource management: a pilot in Glasgow, UK. Technical note. Ground Engineering, 46 (2). 25-28
  • 2014 : Bonsor HC, MacDonald AM, Davies J. 2014. Evidence for extreme variations in the permeability of laterite from a detailed analysis of well behaviour in Nigeria. Hydrological Processes, 28; 10, 3563-3573.
  • 2012 : MacDonald AM, Bonsor HC, Ó Dochartaigh BE, Taylor RG, 2012. Quantitative maps of groundwater resources in Africa. Environmental Research Letters, 7, 024009

Professional association

  • 2008 : Chair of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) Urban Groundwater Network

Published outputs

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Research interests

  • Groundwater systems understanding
  • Groundwater resources — issues of demand, vulnerability and access
  • Sedimentology
  • Use of GRACE data in groundwater science