Andrew Farrant

Dr Andrew Farrant

Geologist and karst geomorphologist
BGS Keyworth

Andrew Farrant’s biography

  • 1996 – present: Geologist, British Geological Survey
  • 1991: BSc (Hons), University of Bristol, Geology
  • 1995: PhD, University of Bristol, Geographical Sciences
  • 1996: Research Assistant, Bristol University

Research interests

  • Chalk mapping and modelling in southern England
  • Geology and geomorphology of the United Arab Emirates
  • Karst Geomorphology and hydrogeology
  • Landscape evolution and rates of landscape development
  • Use of geological mapping for geohazard assessment

Current projects and collaboration

  • 3D Geological modelling of the Chalk
  • Landscape evolution using U-Th and U-Pb dating of speleothems (Bristol University)
  • UAE Geological Mapping and palaeoclimate research (Oxford Brookes, Aberystwyth and Bristol Universities)

Key papers

Farrant, A R, Duller, G A, Parker, A G, Roberts, H M, Parton, A, Knox, R W, and Bide, T. 2015. Developing a framework of Quaternary dune accumulation in the northern Rub’al-Khali, Arabia. Quaternary International.

Farrant, A R, Noble, S R, Barron, A M, Self, C A, and Grebby, S. R. 2015. Speleothem U-series constraints on scarp retreat rates and landscape evolution: an example from the Severn valley and Cotswold Hills gull-caves, UK. Journal of the Geological Society, 172(1), 63-76.

Farrant, A R, Smith, C J, Noble, S R, Simms, M J, and Richards, D A. 2014. Speleogenetic evidence from Ogof Draenen for a pre‐Devensian glaciation in the Brecon Beacons, South Wales, UK. Journal of Quaternary Science, 29(8), 815-826.

Parton, A, Farrant, A R, Leng, M J, Telfer, M W, Groucutt, H S, Petraglia, M D, and Parker, A G. 2015. Alluvial fan records from southeast Arabia reveal multiple windows for human dispersal. Geology, 43(4), 295-298.

Farrant, A R, Vranch, R D, Ensom, P C, Wilkinson, I P, and Woods, M A. 2014. New evidence of the Cretaceous overstep of the Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association, 125(1), 63-73.

Lacinska, A M, Styles, M T, and Farrant, A R. 2014. Near-surface diagenesis of ophiolite-derived conglomerates of the Barzaman Formation, United Arab Emirates: a natural analogue for permanent CO2 sequestration via mineral carbonation of ultramafic rocks. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 392(1), 343-360.

Parton, A, Farrant, A R, Leng, M J, Schwenninger, J L, Rose, J I, Uerpmann, H P, and Parker, A G. 2013. An early MIS 3 pluvial phase in Southeast Arabia: Climatic and archaeological implications. Quaternary International, 300, 62-74.

Aldiss, D T, Farrant, A R, and Hopson, P M. 2012. Geological mapping of the Late Cretaceous Chalk Group of southern England : a specialised application of landform interpretation. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association, 123 (5). 728-741. 10.1016/j.pgeola.2012.06.005

Farrant, A R, Ellison, R A, Thomas, R J, Pharaoh, T C, Newell, A J, Goodenough, K M, Lee, J R, and Knox, R. 2012. The Geology and Geophysics of the United Arab Emirates. Volume 6, Geology of the western and central United Arab Emirates. British Geological Survey, 336pp. (The Geology and Geophysics of the United Arab Emirates, Memoirs, 6).

Macklin, S; Ellison, R; Manning, J; Farrant, A R; Leon, L. 2012 Engineering geological characterisation of the Barzaman Formation, with reference to coastal Dubai, UAE. Bulletin of Engineering Geology and Environment, 71 (1). 1-19. 10.1007/s10064-011-0369-4

Cooper, A H, Farrant, A R, and Price, S J. 2011. The use of karst geomorphology for planning, hazard avoidance and development in Great Britain. Geomorphology, Vol. 134, 118-131

Farrant, A R, and Smart, P L. 2011. Role of sediment in speleogenesis; sedimentation and paragenesis. Geomorphology, Vol. 134, 79-93.

Lane, N, Watts, A B, and Farrant, A R. 2008. An analysis of Cotswold topography: insights into the landscape response to denudational isostasy: Journal of the Geological Society of London, Vol. 165 pt/no 1 p. 85-103

Maurice, L D, Atkinson, T C, Barker, J A, Bloomfield, J P, Farrant, A R, and Williams, A T. 2006. Karstic behaviour of groundwater in the English Chalk: Journal of Hydrology Vol. 330 pt/no 1-2. p. 63-70.

Styles, M T, Ellison, R A, Arkley, S, Crowley, Q G, Farrant, A R, Goodenough, K M, McKervey, J A, Pharoah, T C, Phillips, E R, Schofield, D I, and Thomas, R J. 2006. The geology and geophysics of the United Arab Emirates: Volume 2, Geology. Abu Dhabi: Ministry of Energy, United Arab Emirates (summary report).

Waltham, A C, Simms, M J, Farrant, A R, and Goldie, H. 1997. Karst and Caves of Great Britain: Geological Conservation Review. Chapman and Hall. 358pp.


  • 3D Geological modelling – GSI 3D
  • Arid zone geomorphology
  • Geological mapping, particularly UK Chalk and Quaternary terrains
  • Karst Geomorphology
  • Landscape evolution
  • Use of digital mapping technologies & GIS

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