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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  • A framework for parameter estimation using sharp-interface seawater intrusion models

    Coulon, C., Pryet, A., Lemieux, J., Fidele Yrro, B. J., Bouchedda, A., Gloaguen, E., Comte, J., Dupuis, J. C., Banton, O.
    Journal of Hydrology, vol. 600, 126509
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Hydrogeophysical model calibration and uncertainty analysis via full integration of PEST/PEST++ and COMSOL

    Gonzalez Quiros, A., Comte, J.
    Environmental Modelling and Software
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Cool deltas: Sedimentological, geomorphological and geophysical characterization of ice-contact deltas and implications for their reservoir properties (Salpausselk√§, Finland)

    Kurjanski, B., Rea, B., Spagnolo, M., Cornwell, D., Howell, J., Comte, J., Gonzalez Quiros, A., Palmu, J., Oien, R., Gibbard, P.
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • The effect of typical geological heterogeneities on the performance of managed aquifer recharge: physical experiments and numerical simulations

    Wu, P., Shu, l., Comte, J., Zuo, Q., Wang, M., Li, F., Chen, H.
    Hydrogeology Journal
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • A longer-term perspective on soil moisture, groundwater and stream flow response to the 2018 drought in an experimental catchment in the Scottish Highlands

    Soulsby, C., Scheliga, B., Neill, A., Comte, J. C., Tetzlaff, D.
    Hydrological Processes, vol. 35, no. 6, e14206
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Hydrogeological controls on the flow regime of an ephemeral temperate stream flowing across an alluvial fan

    Blackburn, J., Comte, J., Foster, G., Gibbins, C.
    Journal of Hydrology, vol. 595, 125994
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Multisector Collaborative Groundwater-Surface Water Modelling Approach to Improve Resilience to Hydrological Extremes in the Limpopo River Basin

    Mustafa, S. M. T., Van Loon, A., Artur, L., Bharucha, Z., Chinyama, A., Chirindja, F., Day, R., Franchi, F., Geris, J., Hussey, S., Nesamvuni, E., Nhacume, A., Petros, A., Roden, H., Rohse, M., Tirivarombo, S., Comte, J. C.
    Advances in Geoethics and Groundwater Management: Theory and Practice for a Sustainable Development. Abrunhosa, M., Chambel, A., Peppoloni, S., Chaminé, H. I. (eds.). Cham: Springer pp. 397-400, 4 pages.
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
  • Quantification of groundwater storage heterogeneity in weathered/fractured basement rock aquifers using electrical resistivity tomography: sensitivity and uncertainty associated with petrophysical modelling

    Mezquita Gonzalez, J., Comte, J., Legchenko, A., Ofterdinger, U., Healy, D.
    Journal of Hydrology, vol. 593, 125637
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Depletion of groundwater resources under rapid urbanisation in Africa: recent and future trends in the Nairobi Aquifer System, Kenya

    Oiro, S., Comte, J., Soulsby, C., Macdonald, A., Mwakamba, C.
    Hydrogeology Journal, vol. 28, no. 8, pp. 2635-2656
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Relative importance of conceptual and computational errors when delineating saltwater intrusion from resistivity inverse models in heterogeneous coastal aquifers

    Gonzalez Quiros, A., Comte, J.
    Advances in Water Resources, vol. 144, 103695
    Contributions to Journals: Articles


Books and Reports

Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings

Contributions to Journals