Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Reader in Subsurface Hydrology



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Dr Adrian Butler is Reader in Subsurface Hydrology in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London. His main teaching responsibilities are lecturing on groundwater flow and contaminant transport to both undergraduate and masters degree students. He is also Course Director for the Hydrology and Water Resources Management MSc course.

His research is primarily associated with work on measuring, analysing and modelling subsurface flow and transport processes and their associated environmental impact. He has a particular interest in the Chalk of Southern England and has been involved in research on recharge processes, groundwater flow and contaminant transport using a range of geophysical techniques. He is also interested in the challenges of groundwater resource development under the influence of a changing climate. Another area of interest is in water resources and health in developing countries. He is currently jointly working with colleagues from the Department of Epidemiology in the School of Medicine on the impacts of water salinity on health in Bangladesh.



Weaver KC, Hoque MA, Amin SM, et al., 2019, Validation of basaltic glass adsorption capabilities from geothermal arsenic in a basaltic aquifer: A case study from Bjarnarflag power Station, Iceland, Geoscience Frontiers, ISSN:1674-9871

Graham MT, MacAllister DJ, Vinogradov J, et al., 2018, Self-Potential as a Predictor of Seawater Intrusion in Coastal Groundwater Boreholes, Water Resources Research, Vol:54, ISSN:0043-1397, Pages:6055-6071

Todman LC, Chhang A, Riordan HJ, et al., 2018, Soil Osmotic Potential and Its Effect on Vapor Flow from a Pervaporative Irrigation Membrane, Journal of Environmental Engineering, Vol:144, ISSN:0733-9372

Rahman AKMM, Ahmed KM, Butler AP, et al., 2018, Influence of surface geology and micro-scale land use on the shallow subsurface salinity in deltaic coastal areas: a case from southwest Bangladesh, Environmental Earth Sciences, Vol:77, ISSN:1866-6280

MacAllister DJ, Jackson MD, Butler AP, et al., 2018, Remote Detection of Saline Intrusion in a Coastal Aquifer Using Borehole Measurements of Self-Potential, Water Resources Research, Vol:54, ISSN:0043-1397, Pages:1669-1687

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