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Ken Howard is a hydrogeologist, certified by the American Institute of Hydrology, chartered by the British Geological Society and registered as a Professional Geoscientist with the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario. He has wide experience in all aspects of aquifer assessement and groundwater resource evaluation, management and protection.

was elected President of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) in September 2012 (in 2016 becoming Past-President), and is a Co-Director of the IAH Urban Groundwater Network (IAH-UGN). He is also Director of the Groundwater Research Group at the University of Toronto. Since the mid-1970's he has worked on numerous applied projects in Canada, UK, the West Indies, Australia and equatorial Africa, publishing articles on topics that range from numerical flow modeling and contaminant migration to environmental isotopes and borehole geophysics. In much of this work, he has focussed special attention on point and non-point sources of groundwater contamination and on the sub-surface transport and modeling of both reactive and non-reactive groundwater constituents. 


Overseas, regional projects have included the unsustainability of bedrock aquifers of Uganda, the use of fossil groundwaters in the Sahel of Mali and Niger as a means of reducing desertification, and the origin of saline lakes in southeastern Australia. He has also carried out considerable research on the intrusion of saline groundwater into karstic carbonates of the Clarendon Plains, Jamaica and beneath Pacific atolls. Much of his current work is in south-east Asia and involves the the management of aquifers in the Loess Plateau.

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University of Toronto

Ken Howard is also cross-appointed
to the
School of the Environment
the Department of Earth Sciences

Ken W.F. Howard MSc, PhD, PHG, PGeo,FGC, CGeol FGS

Professor of Hydrogeology

 Dept. Physical and Environmental Sciences 
University of Toronto
1265 Military Trail, Toronto 
Ontario, Canada M1C 1A4 

Office: EV348, Telephone: 416-287-7233, Fax: 416-287-7279

Professional Qualifications and Affiliations



International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH)

International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH)
Urban Groundwater Network (IAH-UGN)


UNESCO - IHProgram




Pokrajac, D. and Howard, K.W.F. 2011. Urban Groundwater Management with UGROW. UNESCO-IHP Urban Water Management Series Volume 5. – ISBN: 978-0-415-45354-7 – Taylor and Francis


Howard, K.W.F. (ed.) 2007. Urban Groundwater – Meeting the Challenge IAH-SP Series, Volume 8.
Taylor & Francis. 307 pp.


Baba, A., Howard, K.W.F. and Gǚndǚz, O. (eds.), 2006. Groundwater and Ecosystems. NATO Science Series IV Earth and Environmental Sciences Vol. 70. 310 pp.

Howard, K.W.F., 2012. Thematic Paper 3: Urban-rural tensions and opportunities for co-management. GROUNDWATER GOVERNANCE: A Global Framework for Country Action. GEF Project (Commissioned paper) 39 pp.