Queen's University, Belfast

Current Position Senior Lecturer
Previous Position Director MSc Env. Engineering Programme
Telephone +44 (0) 2890974517
Email U.Ofterdinger@qub.ac.uk
Departments School of Natural and Built Environment
Quadrat Core Themes Earth Systems, Environmental Management
Methods I Use Bio / Geo / Chemical Analytical, Modelling


Key Research Interests

  • Fractured Bedrock Hydrogeology / Hydrogeophysics
  • Catchment Hydrology/Hydrogeology / Isotope Hydrology
  • Quantitative Risk Assessment & Numerical Modelling
  • Risk Assessment of Unconventional Oil & Gas Extraction
  • Environment & Human Health / Soil Geochemistry and Contaminant Bioaccessibility

Recent Key Papers

  • Comte J.C., Wilson C., Ofterdinger U., Quiros A., 2017, Effect of volcanic dykes on groundwater flow and saltwater intrusion: a field-scale multiphysics approach and parameter estimation, Water Resources Research, 10.1002/2016WR019480
  • Cai, Z., Ofterdinger, U., 2014, Numerical assessment of potential impacts of hydraulically fractured Bowland Shale on overlying aquifers, Water Resources Research, 10.1002/2013WR014943
  • Jackson, C., McKinley, J., Ofterdinger, U., Fogarty, D., Atkinson, P., Palmer, S., 2016, Investigating Relations between Environmental Toxins in Northern Irish Soils and Streams and Chronic Kidney Disease Prevalence, Applied Geochemistry, 10.1016/ j.apgeochem.2016.10.016 Palmer, S., McIlwaine, R., Ofterdinger, U., Cox, S., McKinley, J., Doherty, R., Wragg, J. and M. Cave, 2015, The Effects of Lead Sources on Oral Bioaccessibility in Soil and Implications for Contaminated Land Risk Management, Environmental Pollution, DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2015.01.004

Summary Title of Current Studentships

  • UrbanARK: Assessment, Risk management, and Knowledge for coastal flood management in urban areas
  • Sustainability of shale gas development
  • Sustainable Remediation Technologies
  • QUADRAT DTP student, Joseph Ireland: The Impact of Thermal Plumes on Aquifer Properties and Groundwater Quality
  • QUADRAT DTP student, Sodiq Oguntade: The impact of subsurface heterogeneity on the performance of Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage (ATES) systems