Dr Christopher Jackson

Team Leader: Groundwater - Environmental Change & Impact

Location: BGS Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3196

E-mail Dr Christopher Jackson


  • Principal Groundwater Modeller, British Geological Survey
  • 2013 – ongoing : Team Leader, Groundwater - Environmental Change & Impact
  • 2005 –2012 : External Lecturer, MSc Environmental Hydrogeology, Cardiff University
  • 2000 : PhD University of Birmingham, Groundwater Modelling
  • 1997 –2001 : Research Associate, School of Civil Engineering, University of Birmingham
  • 1996 : MSc(Eng) University of Birmingham, Water Resources Technology & Management
  • 1993 : BSc University of East Anglia, Geophysical Science

Current projects and collaboration

  • CHANSE: Coupled Human And Natural Systems Environment for water management under uncertainty in the Indo-Gangetic Plain. Principal Investigator, NERC Sustaining Water Resources funded project.
  • UPSCAPE: Upscaling Catchment Processes in Peninsular India. Co-Investigator, NERC Sustaining Water Resources funded project.
  • IMPETUS: improving predictions of drought to inform user decisions. Funded by NERC Droughts and Water Security Programme.
  • Hydrological Outlook: a multi-partner collaboration providing 3-month ahead forecasts of groundwater levels and river flows for the UK

Key papers

  • 2017 : Prudhomme C, Hannaford J, Harrigan S, Boorman D, Knight J, Bell V, Jackson CR, Svensson C, Parry S, Bachiller-Jareno N, Davies H, Davis R, Mackay J, McKenzie A, Rudd A, Smith K, Bloomfield J, Ward R, Jenkins A. (2017). Hydrological Outlook UK: an operational streamflow and groundwater level forecasting system at monthly to seasonal time scales. Hydrological Sciences Journal, 62(16).
  • 2016 : Jackson CR, Wang L, Pachocka M, Mackay J, Bloomfield J. 2016. Reconstruction of multi-decadal groundwater levels using a lumped conceptual model. Hydrological Processes. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.10850.
  • 2015 : Jackson C R, Bloomfield J P, Mackay J D. 2015. Evidence for changes in historic and future groundwater levels in the UK. Progress in Physical Geography, 39(1), 49-67, doi: 10.1177/0309133314550668
  • 2015 : Jackson CR, Bloomfield JP, Mackay JD. 2015. Evidence for changes in historic and future groundwater levels in the UK. Progress in Physical Geography, 39 (1). 49-67.
  • 2015 : Barkwith A, Hurst M, Jackson C R, Wang L, Ellis M, Coulthard T. 2015. Simulating the influences of groundwater on regional geomorphology using a distributed, dynamic, landscape evolution modelling platform. Environmental Modelling & Software, 74, 1-20, doi: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2015.09.001
  • 2015 : Mackay JD, Jackson CR, Brookshaw A, Scaife AA, Cook J, Ward RS. 2015. Seasonal forecasting of groundwater levels in principal aquifers of the United Kingdom. Journal of Hydrology, 530. 815-828.
  • 2015 : Svensson C, Brookshaw A, Scaife A A, Bell V, Mackay J D, Jackson C R, Hannaford J, Davies H N, Arribas A, Williams A. 2015. Long range forecasts of UK winter hydrology. Environmental Research Letters, 10, 064006, doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/10/6/064006
  • 2015 : Watts G, Battarbee R W, Bloomfield J P, Crossman J, Daccache A, Durance I, Elliott J A, Garner G, Hannaford J, Hannah D M, Hess T, Jackson C R, Kay A L, Kernan M, Know J, Mackay J D, Monteith D T, Ormerod S J, Rance J, Stuart M E, Wade A J, Wade S D, Weatherhead K, Whitehead P G, Wilby R L. 2015. Climate change and water in the UK : past changes and future prospects. Progress in Physical Geography, 39(1), 6-28. doi: 10.1177/0309133314542957
  • 2014 : Mackay J, Jackson C R, Wang L. 2014. A lumped conceptual model to simulate groundwater level time-series. Environmental Modelling & Software, 61, 229-245, doi: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2014.06.003.
  • 2014 : Sorensen J, Finch J, Ireson A and Jackson C R. 2014. Comparison of varied complexity models simulating recharge at the field scale. Hydrological Processes, 28, 2091-2102, doi: 10.1002/hyp.9752.
  • 2013 : Prudhomme C, Haxton T, Crooks S, Jackson C R, Barkwith A, Williamson J, Kelvin J, Mackay J, Wang L, Young A and Watts G. 2013. Future Flows Hydrology: an ensemble of daily river flow and monthly groundwater levels for use for climate change impact assessment across Great Britain. Earth Syts. Sci. Data, www.earth-syst-sci-data.net/5/101/2013/ doi:10.5194/essd-5-101-2013.
  • 2012 : Butler A P, Hughes A G, Jackson C R, Ireson A M, Parker S J, Wheater H S, and Peach D W. 2012. Advances in modelling groundwater behaviour in Chalk catchments. Geological Society Special Publication 364, 113-127.
  • 2012 : Jones M A, Hughes A G, Jackson C R, and Van Wonderen J J. 2012. Groundwater resource modelling for public water supply management in London. Geological Society Special Publication 364, 99-111.
  • 2011 : Jackson C R, Meister R and Prudhomme C. 2011. Modelling the effects of climate change and its uncertainty on UK Chalk groundwater resources from an ensemble of global climate model projections. Journal of Hydrology, 399, 12–28.
  • 2011 : Hughes A G, Vounaki T, Peach D W, Ireson A M, Jackson C R, Butler A P, Bloomfield J P, Finch J and Wheater H S. 2011. Flood risk from groundwater: examples from a Chalk catchment in southern England. Journal of Flood Risk Management, 4 (3), 143-155.
  • 2011 : Upton K A and Jackson C R. 2011. Simulation of the spatio-temporal extent of groundwater flooding using statistical methods of hydrograph classification and lumped parameter models. Hydrological Processes, 25 (12), 1949–1963
  • 2010 : Adams B A, Bloomfield J P, Gallagher A, Jackson C R, Rutter H and Williams A T. 2010. An Early Warning System for Groundwater Flooding in the Chalk. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, 43, 185-193.

Professional association

Published outputs

Research interests

  • ZOOMQ3D groundwater model development
  • OpenMI and FluidEarth technology for integrated hydrological modelling
  • Groundwater flooding
  • Groundwater, climate change and extreme events
  • Impacts of climate change on groundwater deployable output
  • Numerical methods for groundwater flow simulation
  • Pumping test analysis and flow to boreholes