Corinna Abesser

Dr Corinna Abesser

Policy director
BGS Keyworth


I am a Hydrogeologist and Groundwater Modeller at the British Geological Survey and have more than 16 years experience in research and commercial work. My work portfolio includes management of/involvement in projects related to groundwater flow and heat transport modelling, CCS, renewable energy assessments, development of national scale mapping tools, groundwater geochemistry, surface water – groundwater interactions.I greatly enjoy modelling and data analysis using a variety of software codes and packages, but I am also interested in data acquisition using novel field techniques, e.g., distributed temperature sensing. As part of my work, I collaborate with colleagues nationally and internationally and regularly organise and convene conference sessions and scientific workshops, including the annual workshop of the UK Groundwater Modellers’ Forum (GWMF) – which I am chairing.

Corinna Abesser’s Biography

  • 2010 – ongoing: Groundwater Modeller, British Geological Survey
  • 2003 – Hydrogeochemist, British Geological Survey
  • 2002 – Guest lecturer at the LVTP (START Programme), East Africa
  • 1999 – PhD University of St Andrews, Hydrochemistry
  • 1997 – Research student, German Aerospace Research Centre (DLR)
  • 1994 – MSc Technical University of Berlin, Hydrogeology
  • 1991 – BSc Technical University of Berlin, Geology

Research interests

  • Numerical modelling application in groundwater flow and heat transport
  • (Subsurface) Urban Heat Island
  • Hydrogeological aspects of ground source heating and cooling
  • Groundwater-surface water processes

Current projects and collaborations

  • Heat transport modelling applications (deep geothermal and shallow geothermal
  • Groundwater modelling applications (dune system modelling, integrated catchment modelling, MARS project)
  • Thames Basin Rural-Urban Earth(TRUE) Observatory project


NERC Open Research Archive — Dr Corinna Abesser

Key papers

Abesser, Corinna, Lewis, Melinda. 2015. A semi-quantitative technique for mapping potential aquifer productivity on the national scale: example of England and Wales (UK). Hydrogeology Journal, 23 (8). 1677-1694. 10.1007/s10040-015-1295-5
Abesser, Corinna; Lewis, Melinda A, Marchant, Andrew P, Hulbert, Andrew G. 2014. Mapping suitability for open-loop ground source heat pump systems: a screening tool for England and Wales, UK. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, 47 (4). 373-380. 10.1144/qjegh2014-050
Allen, D J, Darling, W G, Gooddy, D C, Lapworth, D J, Newell, A J, Williams, A T, Allen, D, Abesser, C. 2010. Interaction between groundwater, the hyporheic zone and a Chalk stream: a case study from the River Lambourn, UK. Hydrogeology Journal, 18 (5). 1125-1141. 10.1007/s10040-010-0592-2
Abesser, C and Robinson, R. 2010. Mobilisation of iron and manganese from sediments of a Scottish upland reservoir. Journal of Limnology, 69(1)
Abesser, C, Shand, P, Gooddy, D and Peach, D. 2008. The role of alluvial valley deposits in groundwater and surface water exchange in a Chalk river. In: Abesser, C; Wagener, T and Nuetzmann, G (eds.): Groundwater and Surface Water Interaction: Process Understanding, Conceptualization and Modelling. IAHS Press, IAHS Publication 321, 11-20
Lapworth, D J, Shand, P, Abesser, C; Darling, G, Haria, A H, Evans, C D and Reynolds, B. 2008. Groundwater nitrogen composition and transformation within a moorland catchment, mid-Wales. Science of the Total Environment, 390 (1). 241-254
Abesser, C, Robinson, R and Soulsby, C. 2006. Using factor analysis and end-member mixing techniques to infer sources of runoff generation. In: SIVAPALAN, M., (ed.) Predictions in ungauged basins: promises and progress. IAHS Press, IAHS Publication 303, 21-29
Abesser, C, Robinson, R and Soulsby, C. 2006. Iron and manganese cycling in the storm runoff of a Scottish upland catchment. Journal of Hydrology, 326 (1-4). 59-78


  • Groundwater flow and heat transport modelling (ZOOM, PHAST, FEFLOW)
  • Field sampling techniques and instrumentation(water, Sediment, Soil)
  • Geochemical sampling and data analysis
  • Workshop/conference coordination and facilitation
  • Languages: fluent in German and English, working knowledge of French; basic knowledge of Russian


  • 2012 – ongoing:Fellow at Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB)
  • 1996 – Scholarship University of Oklahoma, Geophysics and Remote Sensing

Professional associations

  • 2014 – ongoing : Fellow of the Geological Society of London
  • 2005 –2007 : Member of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH)
  • 2002 – ongoing : Member of the Institution of Civil Engineering (ICE)
  • 2002 – ongoing : Member of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS)
  • 1999 –2006 : Member of the Freshwater Biological Association (FBA)

Boards and committees

  • 2014 – ongoing:Chair of the UK Groundwater Modellers Forum
  • 2014 – ongoing:Committee member of the Hydrogeological Group of the Geological Society of London
  • 2010 – ongoing:Representative for Groundwater on IAHS National Committee (UK)
  • 2007 – ongoing:Vice-president of the International Commission on Groundwater (ICGW/IAHS)
  • 2004 – UK representative in Management Committee of European COST Action 629

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