Bentje Brauns

Dr Bentje Brauns

BGS Keyworth

Bentje Brauns’s Biography

  • 2017 – ongoing: Hydrogeologist, British Geological Survey
  • 2016 –2017: Postdoc, Technical University of Denmark
  • 2012 –2016:
    PhD, Technical University of Denmark & Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • 2008 –2011: MSc University of Gottingen, Hydrogeology & Environmental Sciences
  • 2005 –2008: BSc Brandenburg Tech. Univ., Environmental & Resource Management





Research interests

  • Water resources in Africa and Asia – recharge, water quality, impacts from agricultural activities
  • Water management (especially in developing countries), waster scarcity issues and groundwater drought
  • Surface water-groundwater interactions and hyporheic zone processes
  • Tracer tests

Current projects and collaborations

  • CEPHaS: Understand impacts of conservation agriculture on soil and water in southern Africa (Supported by GCRF)
  • The European Groundwater Drought Initiative (GDI) : Assessment and modelling groundwater drought across Europe, investigate the impacts of groundwater drought, and build a community to grow our understanding of groundwater drought (NERC-funded)
  • UPSCAPE contribution: Groundwater recharge processes and urban surface water-groundwater interactions in Bangalore, India (Newton-Babba funded)
  • Study of the hyporheic zone in areas of groundwater-surface water connectivity in the Skerne Catchment. EA-BGS collaboration


Key papers

Brauns, B, Jakobsen, R, Song, X, and Bjerg, P L. 2018. Pesticide use in the wheat-maize double cropping systems of the North China Plain: Assessment, field study, and implications. Science of the Total Environment, 616, pp.1307-1316. DOI: 10.1016/j.jes.2015.11.021
Mosthaf, M, Brauns, B, Fjordborge, A S, Rohde, M M, Kerrn-Jespersen, H, Bjerg, P L, Binning, P J, and Broholm, M M. 2018. Conceptualization of flow and transport in a limestone aquifer by multiple dedicated hydraulic and tracer tests. Journal of Hydrology, 532—546. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2018.04.011
Brauns, B, Bjerg, P L, Song, X, and Jakobsen, R. 2016. Field scale interaction and nutrient exchange between surface water and shallow groundwater in the Baiyang Lake region, North China Plain. Journal of Environmental Sciences, 45, 60-75. DOI: 10.1016/j.jes.2015.11.021
Brauns, B, Bjerg, P L, Jakobsen, R, and Song, X. 2016. Agricultural contamination in soil-groundwater-surface water systems in the North China Plain. PhD Dissertation. Technical University of Denmark.


  • Hydrogeology, Hydrogeochemistry
  • Water quality and recharge studies: design and field implementation
  • Visualisation and data analysis using R, data management

Professional associations

  • 2019: International Association of Hydrogeologist

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