Prof. Ward is Director of Groundwater Science at the British Geological Survey. He is a hydrogeologist with over 30 years experience working in both groundwater science and environmental policy and regulation. Rob holds a BSc in Environmental Sciences and a Ph.D. in Hydrogeology and Environmental Radiochemistry awarded by the University of East Anglia.
As Director of Groundwater Science he is responsible for the largest groundwater research group in the UK. Its activities include: water resource assessment/mapping; water quality studies; flow and contaminant modelling and risk assessment; evaluating the impacts of climate change (long-term and extreme events); and investigation of other emerging issues, such as shale gas development, that have the potential to impact groundwater. Rob is an advisor on groundwater issues to the UK Government Chief Scientist, a member of the UK Committee for National and International Hydrology (UKCNIH), the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management Water Resources Panel and the European Commission’s Water Framework Directive Groundwater Expert Group. He is also an Honorary Professor at the University of Nottingham.
Rob’s personal research interests include design of risk-based integrated environmental monitoring and assessment of long-term and cumulative risks from shale gas development, investigating and modelling the long-term impact of nitrate pollution on groundwater resources and research into emerging groundwater contaminants. For more information about his research, you can visit his website here.