Helen Fallas

Helen Fallas

BGS Chief Geologist, Scotland
BGS Edinburgh

Helen Fallas’ biography

  • 2018: Chief Geologist for Scotland, British Geological Survey
  • 2008: Hydrogeologist, British Geological Survey
  • 2008: MSc University of Birmingham, Hydrogeology
  • 2007: BSc University of St Andrews, Geoscience

Research interests

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

Current projects and collaboration

  • 2017 – 2019: Key Agencies Scotland sub-group – Understanding Environmental Evidence, & evidence approaches required to inform the development, and delivery, of new planning policy approaches for Scotland’s future places and people.
  • 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 – 2015: Groundwater resources in the Indo‐Gangetic Basin: resilience to climate change and abstraction. DFID Accountable Research Grant
  • 2010 – 2012: 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

Bonsor, H C, Shamsudduhu, M, Marchant, B P, MacDonald, A M, and Taylor, R G. 2018. Seasonal and decadal groundwater changes in African sedimentary aquifers estimated using GRACE products and LSMs. Remote Sensing, 10; 904, doi: 10.3390/rs10060904.

Bonsor, H C, MacDonald, A M, Ahmed, K M, Burgess, W G, Basharat, M, Calow, R C, Dixit, A, Foster, S S D, Gopal, K, Lapworth, D J, Moench, M, Mukherjee, A, Rao, M S, Shamsudduha, M, Smith, L, Taylor, R G, Tucker, J, van Steenbergen, F, Yadav, S K, and Zahid, A. 2017. Hydrogeological typologies of the Indo-Gangetic basin alluvial aquifer, South Asia. Hydrogeology Journal. 10.1007/s10040-017-1550-z.

Bonsor, H C, MacDonald, A M, Casey, V, Carter, R, and Wilson, P. 2018. The need for a standard approach to assessing the functionality of rural community supplies. Hydrogeology Journal, 26; (2), 367-370.

Krabbendam M, Bonsor, H C, Horstwood, M S A, and 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.

Bonsor, H C. 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 pp, Research, 183; 4; 791-804.

Bonsor, H C, Dahlqvist, P, Moosman, L, Classen, N, Epting, J, Huggenberger, P, Garica-Gil, A, Janza, M, Laursen, G, Stuurman, R, and 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.

MacDonald, A M, Bonsor, H C, Ahmed, K M, Burgess, W G, Basharat, M, Calow, R C, Dixit, A, Foster, S S D, Gopal, K, Lapworth, D J, Lark, R M, Moench, M, Mukherjee, A, Rao, M S, Shamsudduha, M, Smith, L, Taylor, R G, Tucker, J, van Steenbergen, F, and Yadav, S K. 2016. Groundwater quality and depletion in the Indo-Gangetic Basin mapped from in situ observations. Nature Geoscience, 9. 762-766. 10.1038/ngeo2791

Campbell, S D G, Bonsor, H C, Lawrence, D, Monaghan, A, Whitbread, K, Kearsey, T, Finlayson, A, Entwisle, D, Kingdon, A, Bricker, S, Fordyce, F, Barron, H, Dick, G, and 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.

Bonsor, H C, Barron, H, Bricker, S, Entwisle, D, Lawrence, D, Lawrie, K, O Dochartaigh, B E, and Campbell, S D G. 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

Bonsor, H C, MacDonald, A M, and 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.

MacDonald, A M, Bonsor, H C, Ó Dochartaigh, B E, and Taylor, R G. 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

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