Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Professor of 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.



Upton KA, Butler AP, Jackson CR, et al., 2019, Modelling boreholes in complex heterogeneous aquifers, Environmental Modelling & Software, Vol:118, ISSN:1364-8152, Pages:48-60

MacAllister DJ, Graham MT, Vinogradov J, et al., Characterising the self-potential response to concentration gradients in heterogeneous sub-surface environments, Journal of Geophysical Research. Solid Earth, ISSN:2169-9356

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

Malcolm G, Jackson M, MacAllister DJ, 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

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

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