Selected Publications and Reports

This is a selection of the publications and reports authored by our prime consultant, for a comprehensive list e-mail us.


West, J. M. Shaw, R. P. and Pearce, J. M. (2011) Environmental Issues in the Geological Disposal of Carbon Dioxide and Radioactive Waste.  In: Geological Disposal of Carbon Dioxide and Radioactive Waste: A Comparative assessment. Editor: F. L. Toth. Advances in Global Change Research, Vol 44. Springer Dordrecht Heidelberg. pp 81-102. doi: 10.1007/978-90-481-8712-6

West, J.M. and McKinley, L. (2007) Building confidence in the safe disposal of radioactive waste. In: Deep geological disposal of radioactive waste. Editors: W. A. Alexander and L. McKinley. Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands pp 227 – 249 doi:10.1016/S1569-4860(06)09009-7

Pedley, S., Yates, M., Schijven, J. F., West, J., Howard, G. and Barrett. M. (2006) Pathogens: Health relevance, transport and attenuation.  In: Protecting Groundwater for health: Managing the quality of Drinking Water Sources. Editors: O. Schmoll, G. Howard, J Chilton and I. Chorus), World Health Organisation ‘Drinking Water Quality Series’ IWA Publishing, London. UK pp 49-80. ISBN: 9781843390794.

West, J. M. and McKinley, I. G.  (2002) The geomicrobiology of radioactive waste disposal.  In: The Encyclopedia of Environmental Microbiology (Editor G. Bitton), John Wiley. pp 2661-2674

West, J. M., McKinley, I. G. and Stroes-Gascoyne, S.  (2002) Microbial effects on waste repository materials.  In: Microbiology and Radioactivity (Editors M. Keith-Loach and F. Livens), Elsevier. pp 255-278. 


Advice as part of the UK Government Committee on Radioactive Waste Management. 2016 to date.

West. J. M. (2012). Written evidence submitted by the British Geological Survey (NERC) to the House of Commons Select Committee inquiry on Energy risks and the public. Published in ‘Devil’s Bargain? Energy Risks and the Public (


McKinley, I.G., West, J.M. and Hardie, S.M.L. 2021. Risk management for pandemics – a novel approach. Sustainability Science. 16(5), 1625-1635.

Smith, S.L., Rizoulis, A., West, J. M. and Lloyd, J.R. 2016. The Microbial Ecology of a Hyper-Alkaline Spring, and Impacts of an Alkali-Tolerant Community During Sandstone Batch and Column Experiments Representative of a Geological Disposal Facility for Intermediate-Level Radioactive Waste. Geomicrobiology J. 33 (6) 1-13. DOI: 10.1080/01490451.2015.1049677

West. J.M., Jones, D.G., Annunziatellis, A., Barlow, T.S., Beaubien, S.E., Bond, A., Breward, N., Coombs, P., de Angelis, D., Gardner, A., Gemeni, V., Graziani, S., Green, K.A., Gregory, S., Gwosdz, S., Hannis, S., Kirk, K., Koukouzas, N., Kruger, M., Libertini, S., Lister, T.S., Lombardi, S., Metcalfe, R., Pearce, J.M., Smith, K.L., Steven, M.D., Thatcher, K. and Ziogou, F. 2015. Comparison of the impacts of elevated CO2 soil gas concentrations on selected European terrestrial environments. International J. Greenhouse Gas Control, 42, 357-371.

Jones D G, Beaubien S E, Blackford, J C, Foekema E M, Lions J, De Vittor C, West J M, Widdicombe S, Hauton C and Querios A M. 2015. Developments since 2005 in understanding potential environmental impacts of CO2 leakage from geological storage. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control. doi:10.1016/j.ijggc.2015.05.032

Gregory, S. P. Maurice, L. D., West, J. M. and Gooddy, D. (2014). Microbial communities in UK aquifers: current understanding and future research needs. Q. J. Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology. doi: 10.1144/qjegh2013-059

Wagner, D., Milodowski, A. E., West, J. M., Wragg, J. and Yoshikawa, H. (2013). Mineralogical comparisons of experimental results investigating the biological impacts on rock transport processes. Environmental Science: Processes and Impacts. 15 (8), 1501-1510. doi: 10.1039/c3em00188a

Ishida, H., Golmen, L. G., West, J., Kruger, M., Coombs, P., Berge J. A., Fukuhar, T., Magi, M. and Kita, J. (2013). Effects of CO2 on benthic biota: An in situ benthic chamber experiment in Storfjorden (Norway). Marine Pollution Bulletin. 73, 443-451.

Mors, E T., Terwel, B.W., Daamen, D.D.L., Reiner, D. M., Schumann, D., Anghel, S., Boulouta, I., Cismaru, D. M., Constantin, C., de Jager, C. C. H., Dudu, A., Esken, A., Falup, O. C., Firth, R. M., Gemeni, V., Hendriks, C., Ivan, L., Koukouzas, N., Markos, A., Naes, R., Pietzner, K., Samoila, > R., Savea. C. S., Stephenson, M. H., Tomescu, C. E., Torvatn, H. Y., Tvedt., S. D. Vallentin, D., West, J. M. and Ziogou, F. (2013). A comparison of techniques used to collect informed public opinions about CCS: Opinion quality after focus group discussions versus information-choice questionnaires. International J. Greenhouse Gas Control, 18, 256-263.

Wragg, J., West, J. M. and Bateman, K. (2013). Potential impact of CO2 on subsurface microbial ecosystems and implications for the performance of storage reservoirs. Energy Procedia, 37, 800-805. doi: 10.1016/j.egypro.2013.05.170

Chapman, N. A., West, J. M. and Bruno, J. (2011). The Meiringen Initiative: CCS and radwaste make friends. Geoscientist, 21, 12-17.

Krüger, M, M., Jones, D., Frerichs. J., Oppermann, B. I., West, J. M., Coombs, P., Green, K., Barlow, T., Lister, B., Stutt, M. and Möller, I. (2011). Effects of elevated CO2 concentrations on the vegetation and microbial populations at a terrestrial CO2 vent at Laacher See, Germany. International J. Greenhouse Gas Control, 5, 1093-1098. doi. 10.1016/j.iggc.2011.05.002.

West, J. M., McKinley, I.G., Palumbo-Roe, B., and Rochelle, C. A. (2011). Potential impact of CO2 storage on subsurface microbial ecosystems and implication for groundwater quality. Energy Procedia 4, 3163-3170.

Takase, H., McKinley, I. G., West, J. M., Kumagai, T. and Akai, M. (2011) Advanced KMS for Knowledge Sharing and Building Confidence in CCS.  Energy Procedia 4, 6202-6209. doi:10.1016/j.egypro.2011.02.632.

West, J. M., Pearce, J. M., Coombs, P., Ford, J. R., Scheib, C., Colls, J. J., Smith, K. L. and Steven, M. (2009). The impact of controlled injection of CO2 on the soil ecosystem and chemistry of an English lowland pasture. Energy Procedia 1, 1863-1870. doi:10.1016/j.egypro.2009.01.243.

Beaubien, S. E., Ciotoli, G., Coombs, P., Dictor, M. C., Krueger, M., Lombardi, S., Pearce, J. M. and West, J. M. (2008)  The impact of a naturally occurring CO2 gas vent on the shallow ecosystem and soil chemistry of a Mediterranean pasture (Latera, Italy). International J. Greenhouse Gas Control 2, 373-387. 10.1016/j.ijggc.2008.03.005.

Maul, P. R., Metcalfe, R., Pearce, J., Savage, D. and West, J. M. (2007) Performance assessments for the geological storage of carbon dioxide: Learning from the radioactive waste disposal experience.  International J. Greenhouse Gas Control  1, 444-455. 10.1016/S1750-5836(07)00074-6.

West, J. M, McKinley, I. G. Neall, F. B. Rochelle, C. A. and Bateman, K.  (2006) Microbiological effects on the cavern extended storage (CES) repository for radioactive waste.  J Geochem Expl 90 (1-2), 114-122. doi:10.1016/j.gexplo.2005.09.010.

West, J. M, Pearce, J., Bentham, M. and Maul, P. (2005) Environmental issues and the geological storage of CO2.  Environment Europe, 15, 250 – 259. doi:10.1002/eet.388. (journal now called Environmental Policy and Governance)