Regional quantitative hydrogeology
Integrated approaches for aquifer characterisation and modelling
Application of geophysical methods to the parameterisation and calibration of numerical groundwater models
Groundwater resources in complex hydrogeological environments, including coastal, island, weathered/fractured hard rock and volcanic aquifers
Impact of global changes and sustainable management of fresh groundwater resources
2014-present: Lecturer in Hydrogeology, School of Geosciences, University of Aberdeen
2014-present: Visiting researcher, Queen’s University Belfast
2009-2014: Postdoctoral research fellow in Hydrogeology/Hydrogeophysics, School of Planning Architecture and Civil Engineering, Queen’s University Belfast
2008: PhD in Hydrogeology, University of Avignon ‘Contribution of electrical resistivity tomography to variable-density groundwater flow modelling in coastal aquifers – Application to three contrasted climate settings (Canada, New Caledonia, Senegal)
Active research projects:
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, vol 5, pp. 177-199.
Dickson, NEM., Comte, J-C, Renard, P., Straubhaar, JA., McKinley, JM. & Ofterdinger, U. (2015). ‘Integrating aerial geophysical data in multiple-point statistics simulations to assist groundwater flow models’. Hydrogeology Journal, vol 23, no. 5, pp. 883-900.
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: case study of a sedimentary aquifer intruded by volcanic dykes in Northern Ireland’. Water Resources Research, vol 50, no. 10, pp. 7894-8001.
Caulfield, J., Chelliah, M., Comte, J-C, Cassidy, R. & Flynn, R. (2014). ‘Integrating petrography, mineralogy and hydrochemistry to constrain the influence and distribution of groundwater contributions to baseflow in poorly productive aquifers: Insights from Gortinlieve catchment, Co. Donegal, NW Ireland’. Science of the Total Environment, vol 500-501, pp. 224-234.
Cassidy, R., Comte, J-C, Nitsche, J., Wilson, C., Flynn, R. & Ofterdinger, U. (2014). ‘Combining multi-scale geophysical techniques for robust hydro-structural characterisation in catchments underlain by hard rock in post-glacial regions’. Journal of Hydrology, vol 517, pp. 715-731.