Miss Helen Bonsor

Miss Helen Bonsor


Location: 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

  • 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.
  • Baseline Scotland: Surveying baseline chemistry of groundwater in Scotland.
  • Hydrogeology of the Glasgow urban area – groundwater monitoring.
  • Interpretation of GRACE data in the Nile River Basin: modelling basinal-scale water mass variation and groundwater recharge.
  • Mapping groundwater flooding susceptibility
  • Scoping study of the likely impact of climate change to water resources in sub-Saharan Africa and SE Asia (WaterAid).
  • Sedimentology of the Moine Supergroup, Scotland.
  • Vulnerability of shallow wells in sub-Saharan Africa to increased demand and climate change.

Research interests

  • Groundwater flooding — groundwater and catchment science
  • Impact of climate change to groundwater
  • International groundwater resources — issues of demand, vulnerability and access
  • Providing science and data to underpin groundwater management in the UK
  • Sedimentological research in NW Highlands and associated field mapping – examining the tectonic setting of the Neoproterozoic Moine and Torridon Supergroups in Scotland.
  • Use of remote sensing data in groundwater science


  • Data management
  • Geological field mapping and ArcGIS
  • Groundwater modelling - ZOOM modelling suite
  • Hydrogeology
  • Science communication
  • Sedimentology

Professional association

  •  2008 : Member of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH)
  •  2008 : Member of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS)
  •  2008 : Ordinary Fellow of the Edinburgh Geological Society
  •  2004 : Fellow of The Geological Society, London (FGS)

Published outputs

Key papers

BONSOR, H C and Ó Dochartaigh B É (2010) Groundwater monitoring in urban areas – a pilot investigation in Glasgow, UK, British Geological Survey Internal Report IR/10/020. 41 pp.

BONSOR, H C, MacDonald, A M and Calow, R C (2010) Potential impact of climate change on improved and unimproved water supplies in Africa, Chapter in: Sustainable Water, Issues in Environmental Science and Technology, Royal Society of Chemistry, 192 pp.

BONSOR, H. C., Strachan, R. A., Prave, A. R. and Krabbendam, M. (2010) Fluvial braidplain to shallow marine transition in the early Neoproterozoic Morar Group, Fannich Mountains, northern Scotland, Precambrian Research, 183; 4; 791-804.

ODI-BGS report. In review. (2010) Climate change, water resources and WASH: a scoping study for WaterAid. Overseas Development Institute (ODI) report.

BONSOR, H.C. and Prave, A. R. (2008) The Upper Morar Psammite of the Moine Supergroup, Ardnamurchan Peninsula, Scotland: depositional setting, tectonic implications, Scottish Journal of Geology, 44; 2: 111-122.