Kevin Hiscock


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I completed a PhD at the University of Birmingham on the hydrochemistry of the Chalk aquifer in north Norfolk and have extended my research interests at UEA to include the application of stable isotope methods and dissolved gases in hydrogeological investigations. I have employed stable isotopes of water and noble gases to understand groundwater recharge and flow processes and have developed nitrogen isotope methods to demonstrate the sources and fate of nitrate in several aquifer systems, both in the UK and internationally. A special interest has been the evaluation of the production and consumption of nitrous oxide in groundwater and the contribution by aquifers of this greenhouse gas to the atmosphere. Allied to these studies, I am currently researching the impacts of land management practices and climate change on groundwater resources through the application of groundwater models and my involvement with the EU Watercost and UNESCO International Hydrological Programme GRAPHIC (Groundwater Resources Assessment under the Pressures from Humanity and Climate Change) projects.

PhD Studentships Available

Testing in-stream methods for the mitigation of diffuse water pollution from agriculture
Other PhD Positions

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Key Research Interests

Hydrogeology; natural groundwater chemistry; stable isotope and dissolved gas applications in hydrogeology; contaminant hydrogeology; water resources management.

Significant Publications

  • Hiscock, K., Lovett, A., Saich, A., Dockerty, T., Johnson, P., Sandhu, C., Sünnenberg, G., Appleton, K., Harris, B. and Greaves, J. (2007) Modelling land-use scenarios to reduce groundwater nitrate pollution - the European Water4All project. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology 40(4), 417-434. DOI: 10.1144/1470-9236/07-054
  • Ingram, R.G.S., Hiscock, K.M. and Dennis, P.F. (2007) Noble gas excess air applied to distinguish groundwater recharge conditions. Environmental Science and Technology 41(6), 1949-1965. DOI: 10.1021/es061115r
  • Posen, P., Lovett, A., Hiscock, K., Evers, S., Ward, R. & Reid, B., (2006). Incorporating variations in pesticide catabolic activity into a GIS-based groundwater risk assessment. Science of the Total Environment, 367, 641-652. ISSN 0883-2927. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2006.02.024 
  • Hiscock, K.M., (2005). Hydrogeology: principles and practice. Blackwell Science Ltd, Oxford, 389 pp. ISBN 0-632-05763-7. [link]
  • Fukada, T., Hiscock, K.M. & Dennis, P.F., (2004). A dual-isotope approach to the nitrogen hydrochemistry of an urban aquifer. Applied Geochemistry, 19, 709-719. ISSN 0883-2927. DOI: 10.1016/j.apgeochem.2003.11.001
  • Hiscock, K.M., Bateman, A.S., Mühlherr, I.H., Fukada, T. & Dennis, P.F., (2003). Indirect emissions of nitrous oxide from regional aquifers in the United Kingdom. Environmental Science & Technology, 37, 3507-3512. ISSN 0013-936x. DOI: 10.1021/es020216w

Publications: EPrints Digital Repository

Key Responsibilities

  • Joint Sector Head - Earth Sciences

Areas of Expertise

Hydrogeology; natural groundwater chemistry; groundwater pollution; water resources management; climate change impacts on groundwater resources.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

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