Dr Jean-Christophe Comte

Dr Jean-Christophe Comte
Dr Jean-Christophe Comte
Dr Jean-Christophe Comte

Hydrogeology, Groundwater modelling, Hydrogeophysics


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+44 (0)1224 272914
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124 St. Mary's Building
Old Aberdeen Campus
Elphinstone Road
AB24 3UF

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  • 2023-present: Reader in Hydrogeology, School of Geosciences, University of Aberdeen
  • 2019-2023: 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, Department of Geology, 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

  • Quantitative hydrogeology 
  • Hydrogeophysical methods for aquifer parameter estimation and calibration of groundwater models 
  • Groundwater resources in complex hydrogeological environments, including coastal, islands, fractured rocks and volcanic aquifers
  • Saltwater intrusion and sustainability of fresh groundwater resources in coastal aquifer systems
  • Groundwater and resilience to global changes, incl. urban hydrogeology, floods & droughts, interactions with surface water, managed aquifer recharge
  • Hydrogeological properties and processes underpinning sustainable geothermal development 

Research Team

Current PhD students (lead supervisor)

  • Brady Johnson - Groundwater resilience to drought in Scotland
  • Alfred Awuah - Coupled hydrogeophysical modelling of groundwater flow in fractured rocks
  • 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

Recently completed PhD students (lead supervisor)

  • Joel Blackburn - Understanding stream-aquifer interactions and their influence on flow regimes and fluvial processes in a newly restored ephemeral stream
  • Jesus Mezquita - Hydrogeophysical approaches for characterising flow and storage in weathered/fractured aquifers
  • 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


  • International Science Partnerships Fund (ISPF) for Official Development Assistance (ODA) Project Grant - A hidden water crisis in the fast-growing coastal megacity of Lagos: is unregulated groundwater abstraction causing aquifer depletion and saltwater intrusion? (2023). PI.
  • Centre of Expertise for Waters CREW - Future predictions of water scarcity in Scotland: impacts to distilleries and agricultural abstractors (2023-2024). Co-I.
  • Scottish Funding Council Hydronation programme - The role of groundwater in adapting to climate change and increasing resilience to drought in Eastern Scotland (2023-2027). PI.
  • Royal Society International Exchange with Jilin University, China on managed aquifer recharge (2023-2025). PI.
  • Centre of Expertise for Waters CREW - Understanding the relationship between water scarcity and land use in private water supply catchments (2023-2024). Co-I.
  • NERC Exploring the Frontiers research grant [NE/X011593/1] - Hydro-g: Monitoring groundwater resources using low-cost microgravity sensors (2023-2024). Co-I, led by the University of Glasgow.


  • Department for the Economy/Geological Survey of Northern Ireland - Near-surface geophysical characterisation at the Stormont Estate, Belfast to support its geothermal development (2022). Co-PI, with Queen's University Belfast.
  • GCRF/Academy of Medical Sciences/Geological Survey of Ireland - Groundwater-g: Supporting groundwater resources management using low-cost microgravity technology (2020-2022). Co-I, led by Queen's University Belfast.
  • 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, led by the University of Dar Es Salaam. 
  • 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). 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, led by Queen's University Belfast.
  • 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, led by the Research Institute for Development IRD.
  • 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
  • GL5573 Field geophysical data acquisition and subsurface digital mapping (MSc Geophysics) - course coordinator
  • GL4535 Geoscience and the UN Sustainable Development Goals | Groundwater resources (BSc year 4)
  • GG4071 Environmental Hydrology | Groundwater hydrology (BSc year 4)
  • GG2510 Mapping and Monitoring the Environment  | Environmental geophysics (BSc year 2)
  • GG2013 Physical Environments | Groundwater: An introduction (BSc year 2)

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