Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Professor of Subsurface Hydrology



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Prof Adrian Butler is Professor 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 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, largely with BGS and CEH Wallingford, on recharge processes, groundwater flow and contaminant transport using a range of geophysical and modelling techniques. He is also interested in the challenges of groundwater resource development under the influence of a changing climate (e.g. impacts on groundwater abstraction from the High Plains aquifer, USA, for irrigation). Another area of interest is water resources and health in developing countries. He has been jointly working with colleagues from the Department of Epidemiology in the School of Medicine on the impacts of water salinity on health in Bangladesh. He is also involved in a joint project with Queen’s University Belfast (SALINA) investigating new methods for managing saline intrusion in coastal aquifers. Finally, he is PI on a major project funded by NERC on Community Water Management for a Liveable London (CAMELLIA) which is bringing together environmental, engineering, urban planning and socio-economic experts with governmental and planning authorities, industry, developers and citizens to co-develop solutions that will enable required housing growth in London whilst sustainably managing its water and environment.



Alam R, Quayyum Z, Moulds S, et al., 2023, Dhaka city water logging hazards: area identification and vulnerability assessment through GIS-remote sensing techniques, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, Vol:195, ISSN:0167-6369, Pages:1-19

Zhang Z, Dobson B, Moustakis Y, et al., 2023, Assessing the co-benefits of urban greening coupled with rainwater harvesting management under current and future climates across USA cities, Environmental Research Letters, Vol:18, ISSN:1748-9326, Pages:1-11

Veness WA, Butler AP, Ochoa-Tocachi BF, et al., 2022, Localizing hydrological drought early warning using in situ groundwater sensors, Water Resources Research, Vol:58, ISSN:0043-1397, Pages:1-12

Habib A, Butler AP, Bloomfield JP, et al., 2022, Fractal domain refinement of models simulating hydrological time series, Hydrological Sciences Journal-journal Des Sciences Hydrologiques, Vol:67, ISSN:0262-6667, Pages:1342-1355

Hamzehloo A, Bahlali ML, Salinas P, et al., 2022, Modelling saline intrusion using dynamic mesh optimization with parallel processing, Advances in Water Resources, Vol:164, ISSN:0309-1708

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