Dan Lapworth

Mr Dan Lapworth

Principal Hydrogeochemist

Location: BGS Wallingford

Tel: 01491 69 2327

E-mail Dan Lapworth

ORCID: 0000000178387960


  • –2000 : BSc(Hons) Environmental Chemistry, Reading of University
  • –2001 : MRes Earth & Atmospheric Science, University of Reading
  • –2017 : PhD Hydrogeology, UCL

Current projects and collaboration

  • Groundwater recharge processes and urban groundwater quality and use in Sub-Saharan Africa (DFID) as part of the NERC UPGro, El Nino programme and REACH programme UPGro REACH
  • Impact of high abstaction on groundwater resources and water quality in the Indo-Gangetic Basin (DFID) in collaboration with UCL
  • Integrating Hydro-Climate Science into Policy Decisions for Climate-Resilient Infrastructure and Livelihoods in East Africa (NERC-DFID FCFA programme)HyCRISTAL
  • Application of Tryptophan-Like Florescence Sensors for water quality and risk screening (Africa and Asia) as part of UPGro and REACH programme
  • Emerging contaminants in groundwater, collaboration with BRGM (NC)
  • Source determination of phosphate in catchments with the NERC Isotope Geosciences Laboratory (NIGL-NC)
  • Floodplain hydrogeochemistry (NC)

Key papers

  • 2018 : Lapworth, D J, Das, P, Shaw, A, Mukherjee, A, Civil, W, Petersen, J O, Gooddy, D C, Wakefield, O, Finlayson, A, Krishan, G, Sengupta, P, and MacDonald, A M. 2018. Deep urban groundwater vulnerability in India revealed through the use of emerging organic contaminants and residence time tracers. Environmental Pollution, 240, 938-949.
  • 2018 : Lapworth, D J, Zahid, A, Taylor, R G, Burgess, W G, Shamsudduha, M, Ahmed, K M, Mukherjee, A, Gooddy, D C, Chatterjee, D, and MacDonald, A M. 2018. Security of deep groundwater in the coastal Bengal Basin revealed by tracers, Geophysical Research Letters, 45, doi.org/10.1029/2018GL078640.
  • 2017 : Lapworth, D J, Nkhuwa, D C W,Okotto-Okotto, J, Pedley, S, Stuart, M E, Tijani, M N, and Wright, J. 2017. Urban groundwater quality in sub-Saharan Africa: current status and implications for water security and public health Hydrogeology Journal, 25(4), 1093-1116.
  • 2016 : MacDonald, A M, Bonsor, H C, Ahmed, K M, Burgess, W G, Basharat, M, Calow, R C, Dixit, A, Foster, S S, Gopal, K, Lapworth D J, and Lark, R M et al. 2016. Groundwater quality and depletion in the Indo-Gangetic Basin mapped from in situ observations. Nature Geoscience, 9(10), 762-766.
  • 2015 : Sorensen, J P, Lapworth, D J, Marchant, B P, Nkhuwa, D C, Pedley, S, Stuart, M E, Bell, R A, Chirwa, M, Kabika, J, Liemisa, M, and Chibesa, M. 2015. In-situ tryptophan-like fluorescence: a real-time indicator of faecal contamination in drinking water supplies,Water Research, 81, 38-46.
  • 2013 : Lapworth, D J, MacDonald, A M, Tijani, M N, Darling, W G, Gooddy, D C, Bonsor, H C, and Araguás-Araguás, L J. 2013. Residence times of shallow groundwater in West Africa: implications for hydrogeology and resilience to future changes in climate. Hydrogeology Journal, (DOI) 10.1007/s10040-012-0925-4.

Professional association

  • 2012 : International Association of Hydrogeologist
  • 2011 : Chartered Chemist, Royal Society of Chemistry
  • 2003 : MRSC, Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • 2000 : Member of RSC Water Science Forum

Published outputs

Research interests

  • Field sensors and isotope techniques for tracking pollution
  • Water resources in Africa and Asia - recharge, water quality, vulnerability and impact of anthropogenic pressures
  • Emerging organic contaminants in groundwater
  • Microbiological contamination in drinking water sources
  • Urban groundwater quality and use
  • Deep groundwater security


  • Hydrogeochemistry, Hydrogeology
  • Water quality studies: design and implementation
  • Project management and training in undertaking field-based research
  • Visualisation and data analysis using R
Research partners
  • Universities: Birmingham; Lancaster, Ibadan; IIT-Kharagpur; Leeds; Makerere; Reading, Surrey; UCL; Uni. Zambia.

    GOs: BRGM; GTK; Nigerian Geological Survey; Ministry of Water and Environment, Uganda; BWDB, Bangladesh; NIH, India.

    NGOs: Practical Action; E4D; ODI; Water4People; VIRED International (Kenya); WaterAid