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Frederika MourotSenior Groundwater Scientist

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Hydrogeology and Geophysics

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Frederika (Frédérique) has a wide expertise in the water and environment science, specifically in the management of groundwater resources. She works on research projects to characterise groundwater resources or assess potential impacts on these resources, with a particular interest in climate change, land use changes and remote sensing techniques. Prior to moving to NZ in 2015 and working as a regional council Groundwater Scientist, she worked for 10 years in Europe, Africa and Asia as both a hydrogeologist and water consultant. Frederika is particularly interested in developing applied projects, to help sustainably manage New Zealand’s groundwater resources. Frederika works on integrated projects, with multi-disciplinary teams. Her teaching experience reinforces her social and outreach capabilities.


  • Diploma, Teaching
  • Specialised Master, Drinking Water and Sanitation
  • MSc, Hydrogeology
  • BSc (Hons), Geoscience

Areas of expertise

  • Groundwater: Water Quality
  • Groundwater: Hydraulics
  • Groundwater: Monitoring
  • Geophysics: Remote sensing
  • Groundwater: Groundwater dynamics
  • Groundwater: Groundwater-surface water interaction
  • Technical: Remote sensing data applications
  • Groundwater: Climate change
  • Groundwater: Resource management
  • Groundwater: Translate science to policy
  • Groundwater: Impact of land use on groundwater
  • Public relations: Science communication

Major Publications

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  • Mourot, F.; Westerhoff, R.S.; White, P.A.; Cameron, S.G. 2022. Climate change and New Zealand’s groundwater resources : a methodology to support adaptation, Journal of Hydrology : Regional Studies 40: article 101053. DOI: 10.1016/j.ejrh.2022.101053. article 101053
  • Mourot, F.; Westerhoff, R.S.; Taves, M.W.; Macdonald, N.; Moreau, M. 2021. Investigation of the effects of afforestation on catchment water balance: case studies in Northland and Waikato GNS Science consultancy report 2021/57 62 p.
  • Mourot, F.; Westerhoff, R.S.; Cameron, S.G. 2020. Effects of afforestation on groundwater recharge : perspectives for New Zealand in relation to the One Billion Trees Programme DOI: 10.21420/5ZCK-DJ09. Lower Hutt, N.Z.: GNS Science. GNS Science report 2020/21 84 p.
  • Moreau, M.; White, P.A.; Mourot, F.; Rawlinson, Z.; Tschritter, C.; Cameron, S.G.; Westerhoff, R.S. 2019. Classification of New Zealand hydrogeological systems DOI: 10.21420/42QW-MC74. Lower Hutt, N.Z.: GNS Science. GNS Science report 2018/35 28 p.
  • Mourot, F.; Westerhoff, R.S.; Macdonald, N.; Cameron, S.G. 2019. Better spatial characterisation of evapotranspiration and rainfall recharge estimates to groundwater using remote sensing multispectral techniques at lysimeter sites DOI: 10.21420/Z3NQ-CE33. Lower Hutt, N.Z.: GNS Science. GNS Science report 2019/17 82 p.
  • White, P.A.; Moreau, M.; Mourot, F.; Rawlinson, Z.J. 2019. New Zealand Groundwater Atlas : hydrogeological-unit map of New Zealand GNS Science consultancy report 2019/144 89 p.
  • Badon, F. 1998. Applying induced polarization for clay and water content discrimination : experiments in eastern Senegal and other areas


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