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Faculty of Science

School Of Geography & Earth Sciences

James Smith
James Smith

Contact Info

Professor
(905) 525-9140 ext. 24534
(905) 546-0463
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Summary

Water Flow and Contaminant Transport in the Subsurface; Vadose Zone Hydrology; Soil Physics; Hydrogeology; Multiphase Flow through Porous Media; Nonaqueous Phase Liquid (NAPL) Behaviour and Remediation in the Subsurface; Organic Contaminants in Groundwater Systems; Soil Sciences; Applied Modelling of Subsurface Flow and Transport.

My primary research interests are in Subsurface Contaminant Hydrology. That includes Contaminant Fate and Transport within the subdisciplines of Hydrogeology (below the water table) and Vadose Zone Hydrology (above the water table). I am particularly interested in the study of multiphase flow and unsaturated flow in porous media, i.e. when more than one fluid is present. My research approach emphasises highly controlled laboratory based experiments to investigate primary mechanisms and processes controlling fluid flow and contaminant transport. In addition, numerical modelling is used to analyse laboratory and field data, design further experiments, and investigate the potential implications of the research results.

This research improves and extends our fundamental understanding of Subsurface Contaminant Hydrology and the technologies used in Groundwater and Soil Contamination Investigations, Monitoring, Simulation, and Remediation.

Courses

  • Earth/Envir SC 2B03 (Course Outline): Soils and the Environment, (Term One) 2015-16
  • Earth/Envir Sc 3W03 (Course Outline): Physical Hydrogeology, (Term One) 2015-16
  • Earth/Envir Sc 4WB3 (Course Outline): Contaminant Hydrogeology, (Term Two) 2015-16
  • Earth Sc 6WB3: Contaminant Hydrogeology, (Term Two) 2015-16
  • Earth Sc 750: Advanced Groundwater Flow and Contaiminant Transport, (Term Two) 2015-16

Publications

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McLeod*, Heather C., Roy*, James W. and Smith, James E. 2015 "Patterns of entrapped air dissolution in a two-dimensional pilot-scale synthetic aquifer", Groundwater Journal, Vol. 53 No. 2 March-April 2015 Pages 271-281.

Beatty*, Sarah M., and Smith, James E. 2014 "Infiltration of water and ethanol solutions in water repellent post wildfire", Journal of Hydrology, 514 (2014) 233-248.

McLeod*, Heather C., Roy*, James W. and Smith, James E. 2014 "Patterns of entrapped air dissolution in a two-dimensional pilot-scale synthetic aquifer", Groundwater Journal 19 MAY
2014 DOI: 10.1111/gwat.12203

Kettridge, Nicholas; Humphrey*, Rachel E; Smith, James E. 2014 Lukenback, Max C ; Devito, Kevin J ; Petrone, Richard M; Waddington, James M, 2014 "Burned and unburned peat hydrophobicity: implications for peatland evaporation following wildfire", Journal of Hydrology Volume 513, 26 May 2014, Pages 335-341.

Beatty, S.M., Smith, J.E. 2013. Dynamic soil water repellency and infiltration in post-wildfire soils. Geoderma 192: 160-172.

Marinas, M., Roy, J.W., Smith, J.E. 2013. Changes in Entrapped Gas Content and Hydraulic Conductivity with Pressure. GROUNDWATER 2013 Jan; 51(1):41-50.

Bashir R., Smith J.E. and Stolle D.F. 2011. The Effect of Ionic Strength on Surfactant-Induced Unsaturated Flow. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 2011, 48:(4) 519-531, 10.1139/t10-087

Beatty, SMB and Smith JE. 2010. Fractional wettability and contact angle dynamics in burned water repellent soils, Journal of Hydrology. 391: 97-108.

Smith, JE, EJ. Henry, and R Bashir. 2010. Solute-dependent Capillarity Induced Focused Flow During Infiltration into Alcohol Contaminated Soil. Vadose Zone Journal. 10(1), 403-411

McMaster University - Faculty of Science

Mailing Address

School of Geography and Earth Sciences
McMaster University

General Sciences Building, Room 206
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8S 4K1

Contact Information

Office Hours:
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Telephone Inquiries:
+1 (905) 525-9140 ext.24535
Email Inquiries:
sges@mcmaster.ca

McMaster University - Faculty of Science

Mailing Address

School of Geography and Earth Sciences
McMaster University

General Sciences Building, Room 206
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8S 4K1

Contact Information

Office Hours:
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Telephone Inquiries:
(905) 525-9140 ext. 24535
Email Inquiries:
sges@mcmaster.ca