University of Aberdeen
Current Position Lecturer
Previous Position Research Fellow, Queen’s University Belfast
Telephone +44 (0)1224 272914
Departments School of Geosciences
Quadrat Core Themes Earth Systems, Environmental Management
Methods I Use Modelling


Key Research Interests

  • Quantitative hydrogeology, combining field investigations and numerical modelling
  • Integrated approaches for groundwater resources characterisation, modelling and management
  • Application of geophysical methods for parameterisation and calibration of groundwater models
  • Groundwater resources in complex hydrogeological environments, including coastal, hard rock and volcanic
  • Groundwater sustainability in developing countries in a context of increasing human pressure and climate change

Recent Key Papers

  • Comte, J-C, Wilson, C., Ofterdinger, U. & Gonzalez-Quiros, A. (2017). Effect of volcanic dykes on coastal groundwater flow and saltwater intrusion: a field-scale multiphysics approach and parameter evaluation. Water Resources Research 53(3):2171-2198.
  • Comte, J-C, Cassidy, R., Obando, J., Robins, N., Ibrahim, K., Melchioly, S., Mjemah, I., Shauri, H., Bourhane, A., Mohamed, I., Noe, C., Mwega, B., Makokha, M., Join, J-L, Banton, O. & Davies, J. (2016). Challenges in groundwater resource management in coastal aquifers of East Africa: Investigations and lessons learnt in the Comoros Islands, Kenya and Tanzania. Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies 5:179-199.
  • Dickson, NEM., Comte, J-C, McKinley, J. & Ofterdinger, U. (2014). Coupling ground and airborne geophysical data with upscaling techniques for regional groundwater modelling of heterogeneous aquifers. Water Resources Research 50(10):7894-8001.

Summary Title of Current Studentships

  • Climatic and human impacts on groundwater resources in two strategic East African aquifers under rapid development
  • Understanding stream-aquifer interactions and their influence on flow regimes and fluvial processes in ephemeral streams
  • Hydrogeophysical approaches for characterising groundwater flow and storage in weathered/fractured aquifers
  • QUADRAT DTP student, Hamish Johnson: Groundwater and nutrient dynamics in heterogeneous agricultural catchments