Dr Majdi Mansour

Dr Majdi Mansour

Groundwater modeller

Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3509

E-mail Dr Majdi Mansour


  •  2003 : PhD The University of Birmingham, Civil Engineering
  •  2002 – ongoing : Groundwater Modeller, British Geological Survey
  •  1999 : MSc The University of Birmingham, Water Resources Technology and Management
  •  1994 : BSc Beirut Arab University, Civil Engineering


  • Building and application of groundwater models for environmental studies
  • Coding using C++ object oriented language
  • Development of graphical interfaces using Visual C++
  • Using the R statistical scripting language

Research interests

  • Application of transfer function models for the prediction of groundwater levels
  • Development of the Cylindrical grid Object Oriented Model (COOMPuTe) for pumping test analysis and flow to boreholes
  • Development of the Zooming Object Oriented Distributed Recharge Model (ZOODRM) looking at recharge calculation under different climate and in urban areas
  • Groundwater modelling for groundwater resources and management
  • Modelling variable density flows targeting saline intrusion in coastal aquifers.
  • Statistical analysis of data downscaling for climate change investigations

Current projects and collaboration

  • Continental scale recharge calculation including groundwater resources assessment in Africa.
  • Modelling groundwater flow to heat pumps (GROMIT) including national scale recharge calculation and groundwater flow simulation, UK
  • Simulation of groundwater flows in the Chalk aquifer of the Thames Basin, UK
  • Studying the impact of CO2 injection on groundwater resources in Krechba, Algeria.
  • Studying the impact of Sustainable urban Drainage Schemes (SuDS) on groundwater heads in the city of Glasgow, UK

Professional association

  • Fellow of the Geological Society, London
  • Member of the Syndicate of the Lebanese Order of Engineers

Published outputs

Key papers

Mansour, M.M.; Spink, A.E.F.. 2013 Grid refinement in Cartesian Coordinates for groundwater flow models using the Divergence Theorem and Taylor’s Series. Groundwater, 51 (1). 66-75. 10.1111/j.1745-6584.2012.00924.x

Mansour, M.M.; Hughes, A.G.; Robins, N.S.; Ball, D.; Okoronkwo, C.. 2012 The role of numerical modelling in understanding groundwater flow in Scottish alluvial aquifers. In: Shepley, M.G., (ed.) Groundwater resources modelling : a case study from the UK. London, UK, Geological Society of London, 85-98. (Geological Society Special Publications, 364, 364).

Mansour, M.M.; Peach, D.W.; Hughes, A.G.; Robins, N.S.. 2012 Tension over equitable allocation of water : estimating renewable groundwater resources beneath the West Bank and Israel. In: Rose, E.P.F.; Mather, J.D., (eds.) Military aspects of hydrogeology. London, UK, Geological Society of London, 355-361. (Geological Society Special Publication, 362).

MANSOUR, M M, BARKWITH, A, and HUGHES, A G. 2011. A simple overland flow calculation method for distributed groundwater recharge models. Hydrological Processes, 25 (22). 3462-3471.

MANSOUR, M M, HUGHES, A G, Spink, A E F, Riches, and J. 2011. Pumping test analysis using a layered cylindrical grid numerical model in a complex, heterogeneous Chalk Aquifer. Journal of Hydrology, 401 (1-2). 14-21.

BONSOR, H C, MACDONALD, A M, MANSOUR, M, HUGHES, A G, HIPKIN, R, BEDADA, T. 2009. Developing a Preliminary Groundwater Recharge of the Nile Basin to Help Interpret GRACE Data. Conference proceedings paper At: Earth observation and water cycle science, ESA-ESRIN Frascati, Italy, 18-20 November 2009. European Space Agency.

HUGHES, A G, MANSOUR, M M, and ROBINS, N S. 2008. Evaluation of Distributed Recharge in an Upland Semi-arid Karst System: the West Bank Mountain Aquifer, Middle East. Hydrogeology Journal, 16, 845-854.

MANSOUR, M M, and Hughes, A G. 2008.  Representation of Urban Recharge Processes in the Distributed Recharge Model (ZOODRM) of the Glasgow Urban Area, Scotland. MODFLOW and More 2008: Ground Water and Public Policy Conference Proceedings, Poeter, Hill, & Zheng.

MANSOUR, M M, HUGHES, A G , GRAHAM, M T, and OKORONKWO, C. 2007. Using Monte Carlo Simulation to Estimate the Surface Run-off for a Distributed Recharge Model in a Catchment Area in Scotland.  ModelCARE 2007: Sixth International Conference on Calibration and Reliability in Groundwater Modelling. Credibility in Modelling. Pre-published Proceedings, vol. 1, p. 94-97.

MANSOUR, M M, MORRIS, B, SCHRAGE, T, VANDERZALM, J, VIZINTIN G, and Wolf, L. 2006. Groundwater modelling and risk assessment methods. Ch 2.5, AISUWRS Urban Water Resources Toolbox Models for Sustainability Assessment, IWA Publishing.

MANSOUR, M M, SPINK A E F, and HUGHES, A G. 2006. Three-Dimensional Aquifer Heterogeneity in Pumping Test Analysis. A Numerical Investigation Using Radial Flow Models. MODFLOW and More 2006: Managing Ground-Water Systems Conference Proceedings, Poeter, Hill, & Zheng. 591-595.

MANSOUR, M M, SPINK, A E F, and RICHES, J. 2003. Numerical Investigation of Flow to Pumped Wells in Heterogeneous Layered Aquifers Using Radial Flow Models. MODFLOW and More 2003: Understanding Through Modeling Conference Proceedings, Poeter, Zheng, Hill and Doherty. 388-392.