Dr Jean-Christophe Comte

Dr Jean-Christophe Comte
Dr Jean-Christophe Comte

Dr Jean-Christophe Comte

Hydrogeology, Groundwater modelling, Hydrogeophysics

Senior Lecturer

124 St. Mary's Building
Old Aberdeen Campus
Elphinstone Road
AB24 3UF

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  • 2019-present: Senior Lecturer in Hydrogeology, School of Geosciences, University of Aberdeen
  • 2014-2019: Lecturer in Hydrogeology, School of Geosciences, University of Aberdeen
  • 2014-2016: Visiting researcher, Queen's University Belfast
  • 2009-2014: Postdoctoral research fellow in Hydrogeology/Hydrogeophysics, School of Planning Architecture and Civil Engineering, Queen's University Belfast
  • 2008: PhD in Hydrogeology, University of Avignon 'Contribution of electrical resistivity tomography to variable-density groundwater flow modelling in coastal aquifers - Application to three contrasted climate settings (Canada, New Caledonia, Senegal)'
  • 2003-2009: Hydrogeologist consultant, HYDRIAD, Nimes
  • 2002-2003: DESS (MSc2) Hydrogeology, University of Avignon
  • 1998-2002: DEUG-Licence-Maitrise IUP (BSc, MSc1) Geological and Environmental Engineering, University Paul Sabatier Toulouse

External Memberships


Research Overview

  • Regional quantitative hydrogeology
  • Integrated approaches for aquifer characterisation and modelling
  • Application of geophysical methods for parameterisation and calibration of groundwater models 
  • Groundwater resources in complex hydrogeological environments, including coastal, insular, hard rock and volcanic aquifers
  • Sustainable management of fresh groundwater resources in coastal aquifer systems

Research Team

Research fellows (ongoing)

PhD students (ongoing)

  • Oluwaseun Olabode - The potential of managed aquifer recharge in Sub-saharan Africa
  • Hamish Johnson - Groundwater and nutrient dynamics in heterogeneous agricultural catchments
  • Yogendra Kumar - Quantifying fracture flow with the self-potential method
  • Jesus Mezquita - Hydrogeophysical approaches for characterising flow and storage in weathered/fractured aquifers
  • Joel Blackburn - Understanding stream-aquifer interactions and their influence on flow regimes and fluvial processes in a newly restored ephemeral stream

Recently completed PhD students (Aberdeen)

  • Samson Oiro - Impact of climate change and human activities on groundwater resources in the Nairobi and Tiwi aquifers: two strategic Kenyan aquifers under high pressure

Funding and Grants

  • GCRF/Scottish Funding Council Covid-19 Response Research Grant - COVID-19 and water security in the world's largest refugee camp: can groundwater development safely meet the increased water demand to fight COVID-19 in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh? (2020-2021). PI.
  • World Bank/AURECON applied research grant - Groundwater numerical modelling in support of strengthening of water resources planning, monitoring and management in Kenya (2018-2020). PI. 
  • AHRC/GCRF/University of Nottingham Research Grant - Kisima project: Historical and future groundwater well management on Kilwa Kisiwani island, Tanzania (2019-2020). Co-I. 
  • Royal Society Newton International Fellowship (Dr Andres Gonzalez Quiros) - Monitoring and coupled hydrogeophysical modelling of saltwater intrusion in heterogeneous coastal aquifers (2019-2021). 
  • NERC/DFID Research Grant [NE/S005943/1] - SHEAR Programme: Connect4 water resilience: connecting water resources, communities, drought and flood hazards, and governance across 4 countries in the Limpopo basin (2018-2020). PI.
  • NERC Urgency Grant [NE/R002568/1] - Extreme rainfall and floods in arid regions (Botswana): replenishment or contamination of water resources? (2017-2018). PI.
  • United Utilities Water/Environmental Agency applied research grant - Understanding stream-aquifer interactions and their influence on flow regimes and fluvial processes in a newly restored ephemeral stream (2017-2022). Co-PI.
  • Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Environment and Sustainability Research Grant [ESRG3/16] - East African groundwater resources under climatic and human pressure (2016-2017). PI.
  • Geological Survey of Ireland Research Grant [2015-SC-003] - Determining fractured bedrock aquifer parameters using Magnetic Resonance Sounding to better constrain numerical groundwater models in support of catchment scale water resource management (2016). Co-I.
  • Elphinstone Fund/Water Resources Management Authority of Kenya PhD Scholarship (Mr S. Oiro) - Comparative hydrogeology of the Nairobi volcanic suite aquifer and the Tiwi coastal aquifer (2015-2018).
  • NERC/DFID/ESRC Research Grant [NE/L001888/1] - UPGro Programme: Towards Groundwater security in coastal East Africa (2013-2014). PI.
  • EuropeAid/African Union Research Grant [EuropeAid/130-741/D/ACT/ACP] - Groundwater resource in basement rocks of Africa (2012-2015). Co-I.
  • Department of Employment and Learning Northern Ireland PhD Scholarship (Mr N. Dickson) - Incorporation of multi-scale hydrogeophysical datasets into numerical groundwater models (2012-2015).

Teaching Responsibilities

  • MSc Geophysics Programme Director
  • GL5059 Near surface and Environmental Geophysics (MSc Geophysics) - course coordinator
  • GG4071 Environmental Hydrology (BSc year 4) - lecturer
  • GG2510 Mapping and Monitoring the Environment (BSc year 2) - lecturer

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  • The typology of Irish hard-rock aquifers based on an integrated hydrogeological and geophysical approach

    Comte, J., Cassidy, R., Nitsche, J., Ofterdinger, U., Pilatova, K., Flynn, R.
    Hydrogeology Journal, vol. 20, no. 8, pp. 1569-1588
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Assessing spatio-temporal patterns of groundwater salinity in small coral islands in the Western Indian Ocean

    Join, J., Banton, O., Comte, J., Leze, J., Massin, F., Nicolini, E.
    Western Indian Ocean Journal of Marine Science, vol. 10, no. 1, 1-12
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Evaluation of effective groundwater recharge of freshwater lens in small islands by the combined modeling of geoelectrical data and water heads

    Comte, J., Banton, O., Join, J., Cabioch, G.
    Water Resources Research, vol. 46, no. 6, W06601
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Chapitre Hydrogéologie

    Comte, J., Banton, O., Travi, Y.
    Notice explicative de la cartographie multi-couches à 1/50 000 et 1/20 000 de la zone d’activité du Cap-Vert, Sénégal. Roger, J., Banton, O., Barusseau, J., Castaigne, P., Comte, J., Duvail, C., Nehlig, P., Noel, B., Serrano, O., Travi, Y. (eds.). Ministère des Mines, de l’Industrie et des PME, Direction des Mines et de la Géologie, Dakar
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)
  • Cross-validation of geo-electrical and hydrogeological models to evaluate seawater intrusion in coastal aquifers

    Comte, J., Banton, O.
    Geophysical Research Letters, vol. 34, no. 10, L10402
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Evaluation de l'efficacité de différentes stratégies de restauration de la qualité des eaux souterraines par modélisation du transfert des nitrates: Cas des formations alluviales du Val de Saône du secteur de Tournus (Saône-et-Loire)

    Comte, J., Banton, O., Villard, A., Kockmann, F., Creuzot, G.
    Ingénieries, vol. 45, pp. 15-28
    Contributions to Journals: Articles


Books and Reports

Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings

Contributions to Journals