G360 is engaged in a growing range of exciting groundwater research themes centred around understanding critical groundwater quality and quantity issues in Canada and Globally. Our research is focused on understanding site-scale mechanisms governing groundwater flow and contaminant transport processes through analysis and modelling high resolution in situ field data.

Bedrock Aquifers & Water Supply

This research addresses groundwater supply from sedimentary bedrock aquifers in Ontario, using the City of Guelph as a field-based laboratory to investigate interdependent elements of the urban water cycle. Research investigations focus on contaminant hydrogeology in bedrock and overburden, groundwater recharge, sustainable well field development, and modelling and uncertainty analysis of groundwater and soil systems and contaminant transport.

Contaminated Bedrock Aquifers

The Chair Research is directed at intensive field investigations at four industrial sites with long-term (20-60 years) contamination with Dense Non-Aqueous Phase Liquids (DNAPLs) in sedimentary bedrock: two dolostone sites in Canada (Cambridge and Guelph, Ontario) and two sandstone sites in the United States (California and Wisconsin).

Aquitards

Aquitards generally have a strong influence on the sustainable yield of aquifers and provide a degree of aquifer protection ( aquitard integrity) from surface contamination. This primarily field-based research seeks to define and characterize aquitard units through a combination of complimentary methods to determine their physical, chemical and microbial properties.