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Dr Mohammad Hoque

  • Qualifications: BSc (Hons), MSc, PGDip, PhD
  • Role Title: Lecturer in Hydrogeology
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  • Department: Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


Dr Mohammad Hoque is a Lecturer in Hydrogeology. By training Mo is a Geologist with a BSc (Hons) and MSc (by Thesis) awarded by the University of Dhaka. Afterward he achieved a Postgraduate Diploma in Water Resources Development from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. He worked on geological heterogeneities and groundwater flow modelling during his PhD research (2006-2010) at UCL as a Commonwealth Scholar. He has been working on groundwater projects around the South and South East Asia and contributed to over 30 peer-reviewed articles which received over 1200 citations. Dr Hoque’s collaboration with universities, research institutes, and non-governmental organisations includes a 12-year research partnership with the University of Dhaka (Bangladesh), IISWBM (India), UCL, Imperial College London, United State Geological Survey (USGS), and the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO). Before moving to the UK, he was also engaged in university teaching and research in Bangladesh for some years.

Academic and professional posts:

• 2016 - Lecturer in Hydrogeology, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Portsmouth, UK
• 2013 - 2016, Research Associate, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Imperial College London, UK
• 2010 - 2012, Research Associate, Dept. of Earth Sciences, University College London, UK
• 2004 – 2011 Lecturer / Assistant Professor, Dept. of Petroleum & Mining Engineering, Shahjalal University of Science & Technology, Bangladesh
• 2001 – 2004, Research Assistant, Dept. of Geology, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Teaching Responsibilities

Dr Hoque is the co-ordinator of the following units:

  • U20039: Hydrology & Flood Hazard Assessment
  • S20039: Hydrology & Flood Hazard Assessment

He also contributes to the following units:

  • U20131: Hydrology & Freshwater Ecosystems
  • U20048: Contaminated Land & Groundwater Management
  • S20048: Contaminated Land & Groundwater Management
  • U20138: Contaminated Land & Groundwater Protection
  • U20136: Contaminated Land Assessment & Remediation
  • U20126: Geotechnics & Groundwater
  • U20137: Environmental Systems
  • U24246: Environmental Fieldwork & Professional Skills
  • U20143: Environmental Science Dissertation
  • U20142: Environmental Science Project
  • U20148: Environmental Sciences Study Tour


Dr Hoque is motivated by an interest in the geology of aquifers which determines the sustainable abstraction regime and chemistry of groundwater, and also often regulates the interactions with surface water. His research aims to improve the understanding of the groundwater system, and its responses to human uses, in particular the vulnerability of groundwater to contamination and/or its depletion. The scales of his studies span from a few metres to hundreds of kilometres in the basins. Dr Hoque’s previous work includes water quality assessment, hydroinformatics and web-application development, the field tests for hydrogeological parameterisation, well hydraulics, geophysical applications for aquifer characterisation, development and applications of numerical groundwater models, use of isotopes for groundwater dating and flow-system characterisation, surface and groundwater interactions, design and installation of groundwater monitoring and production bores, installation and retrieval of data from divers, and the design and installation of monitoring systems. His current research focuses on following areas:

  • Climate change and salinisation of drinking water in coastal areas - likely to lead to a widespread problem of increased salinity in drinking water in low-lying countries in deltas, with ensuing detrimental health effects and great inequalities, in particular for populations living along the coast of deltaic areas.
  • Medical hydrogeology and arsenic pollution in Asia - many Asian countries immediately need a geohealth framework underpinning the deltaic hydrogeology and arsenic distribution to utilise limited resources for targeted mitigation and health intervention at government level and to ensure water security for the poor and meet the target for the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Groundwater depletion and degradation in mega cities - better understanding of the perturbed-hydrological system is essential to avoid the water quality deterioration, and resource depletion in these aquifers.
  • Water and sanitation - the use of pit latrines and septic tanks for onsite sanitation system in rural areas in developing countries are increasing rapidly. The waste-water from sanitation system indicated to influence the groundwater, but their extents in rural areas remain poorly characterised.
  • Groundwater resources in megadeltas - Most coastal deltas in the world have gone through the modification and changes over the Quaternary time leading to their current aquifer geology. Understanding of the aquifer geology and recognising it in groundwater resource modelling may allow setting the optimum/sustainable abstraction regime in those aquifers.

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