Pauline Smedley

Dr Pauline Smedley

Principal hydrogeochemist
BGS Keyworth

Pauline Smedley’s Biography

  • 2009 – present: Hydrogeochemist, BGS Keyworth
  • 2014 – 2019: Team Leader: Groundwater Protection
  • – 2009: Hydrogeochemist, BGS Wallingford

Research interests

  • Potential environmental impacts of shale-gas development in the UK
  • Processes controlling mobilisation and transport of trace elements of health concern in groundwaters (arsenic, fluoride, molybdenum, uranium, nickel)
  • The baseline chemistry of groundwaters
  • Water quality and impacts in developing countries
  • Inorganic chemistry of bottled water
  • Corrosion and encrustation in groundwater installations and aquifers

Current projects and collaborations

  • Groundwater chemistry monitoring in relation to shale-gas development (Lancashire and Yorkshire)
  • Baseline chemistry of groundwater in aquifers in England & Wales; assessments in relation to chemical change
  • Fluoride in African groundwater
  • Hydrogeochemistry of trace elements in British groundwater (arsenic, uranium, molybdenum, nickel; chemistry of bottled mineral water)
  • Baseline hydrogeochemistry of groundwater in Scotland
  • Streamwater investigations in the Clyde catchment, Scotland, under the G-BASE project

Published outputs

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Key papers

  • Smedley, P L, Shand, P, and Butcher, A S. 2018. Age and quality stratification of groundwater in the Triassic Sherwood Sandstone aquifer of South Yorkshire and the East Midlands, UK. Applied Geochemistry, 97, 109–122.
  • Smedley, P L, and Kinniburgh, D G. 2017. Molybdenum in natural waters: a review of occurrence, distributions and controls. Applied Geochemistry, 84, 387–432.
  • Smedley, P L, Cooper, D M, Ander, E L, Milne, C J, and Lapworth, D J. 2014. Occurrence of molybdenum in British surface water and groundwater: distributions, controls and implications for water supply. Applied Geochemistry, 40, 144–154.
  • Edmunds, W M, and Smedley, P.L. 2013. Chapter 12: Fluoride in natural waters. In: Essentials of Medical Geology, Second Edition. Eds: Selinus, O, Alloway, B, Centeno, J A, Finkelman, R B, Fuge, R, Lindh, U, and Smedley, P L. Springer, 311–336.
  • Smedley, P L. 2010. A survey of the inorganic chemistry of bottled mineral waters from the British Isles. Applied Geochemistry, 25, 1872–1888.
  • Reddy, D V, Nagabhushanam, P, Sukhija, B S, Reddy, A G S, Smedley, P L. 2010. Fluoride dynamics in the granitic aquifer of the Wailapally watershed, Nalgonda District, India. Chemical Geology, 269, 278–289.
  • Smedley, P L, Knudsen, J, and Maiga, D. 2007. Arsenic in groundwater from mineralised Proterozoic basement rocks of Burkina Faso. Applied Geochemistry, 22, 1074ndash;1092.
  • Smedley, P L, Kinniburgh, D G, Macdonald, D M J, Nicolli, H B, Barros, A J, Tullio, J O, Pearce, J M, and Alonso, M S. 2005. Arsenic associations in sediments from the loess aquifer of La Pampa, Argentina. Applied Geochemistry, 20, 989–1016.
  • Smedley, P L, Zhang, M, Zhang, G, and Luo, Z. 2003. Mobilisation of arsenic and other trace elements in fluviolacustrine aquifers of the Huhhot Basin, Inner Mongolia. Applied Geochemistry, 18, 1453–1477.
  • Smedley, P L, Nicolli, H B, Macdonald, D M J, Barros, A J, and Tullio, J O. 2002. Hydrogeochemistry of arsenic and other inorganic constituents in groundwaters from La Pampa, Argentina. Applied Geochemistry, 17, 259–284.
  • Smedley, P L, and Kinniburgh, D G. 2002. A review of the source, behaviour and distribution of arsenic in natural waters. Applied Geochemistry, 17, 517–568.
  • BGS and DPHE. 2001. Arsenic Contamination of Groundwater in Bangladesh. Eds: Kinniburgh, D G, and Smedley, P L. British Geological Survey Technical Report, WC/00/19. Four Volumes. British Geological Survey.
  • Hydrogeochemistry
  • Groundwater sampling/monitoring design
  • PhD Geochemistry: University of Edinburgh
  • BSc Environmental Sciences (Geological Science Major): University of East Anglia

Professional association

  • Member IAH
  • Co-chair: Groundwater Quality Commission, IAH
  • Member NERC Peer-review college
  • 2016 – present: Guest lecturer: Centre of Environment, University of Oxford

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