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 Ashley Patton

Ashley Patton

Research student, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Siarad Cymraeg



  • PhD - Thermal and hydraulic processes in urban groundwater - School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Cardiff University (2018-present, part-time)
  • Engineering geologist - British Geological Survey, Cardiff (2013-present)
  • Graduate engineering geologist - URS/Scott Wilson, Hong Kong (2010-2013)
  • MSc Geohazard Assessment - University of Portsmouth (2008-2009)
  • BSc Geology (with Study Abroad) - University of Derby (2005-2008)


  • Urban groundwater
  • Shallow geothermal energy
  • Engineering geology


Research interests

I am interested in the hydraulic and thermal regimes of groundwater in shallow, urban aquifers and how this relates to low-enthalpy geothermal energy potential. Greater understanding of subsurface processes and the mechanisms by which heat is transfered through the saturated and unsaturated zones is needed to allow for ground source heating systems to be installed and opperated sustainably. In addition to my PhD research, I also work at the British Geological Survey where my research covers a range of engineering geology, hydrogeology and volcanology projects.


Investigating thermal and hydraulic processes in urban groundwater regimes: Implications for ground source heating and cooling

Funding source

British Geological Survey