Kirsty Upton

Dr Kirsty Upton

BGS Edinburgh

Kirsty Upton’s Biography

  • 2014 – ongoing : Hydrogeologist, British Geological Survey
  • 2010 –2014 : PhD, Imperial College London, Water Resources Engineering
  • 2008 –2009 : MSc, Cardiff University, Environmental Hydrogeology
  • 2003 –2007 : BSc, University of St. Andrews, Geoscience

Research interests

  • International groundwater development & management
  • African hydrogeology
  • Numerical modelling for groundwater resource assessment
  • Groundwater response to climate change and extreme events
  • Water resources and food security
  • Methods for interdisciplinary research, knowledge exchange and research into practice, particularly developing links between the research and NGO sector to increase uptake of research in a development context

Current projects and collaborations

  • 2016 – ongoing : Unlocking the Potential of Groundwater for the Poor (UPGro): Programme coordination, science integration and knowledge exchange
  • 2014 – ongoing : Africa Groundwater Atlas and Africa Groundwater Literature Archive:Development of an online resource providing hydrogeology profiles for every country in Africa (in collaboration with over 50 African partners), background information on groundwater in Africa, and a searchable database of thousands of references related to groundwater in Africa
  • 2016 – ongoing : Numerical modelling of the impacts of climate change and vertical heterogeneity on borehole yields and Deployable Output
  • 2010 – ongoing : Development and application of numerical methods for groundwater resource assessment

Professional associations

  • 2014 – ongoing:Member of the International Association of Hydrogeologists
  • 2007 – ongoing:Fellow of the Geological Society, London

Boards and commitees
2012 – ongoing: Trustee, Groundwater Relief: NGO providing relief, support, income and livelihood opportunities to people, anywhere in the world, who live in poverty, or lack access to sufficient, safe, acceptable, physically accessible and affordable water, by developing their and their water providers’ capacity to sustainably develop groundwater resources

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