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Mads Troldborg

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Information and Computational Sciences
Information and Computational Sciences
Research Scientist-Human & Ecological Risk Assesment
+44(0)1224 395 373 (direct)

The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK


I am an environmental engineer with interest and expertise in environmental risk assessment, uncertainty estimation and modelling of environmental systems. I obtained a PhD on "Risk assessment models and uncertainty estimation of groundwater contamination" from the Technical University of Denmark.

Methodologically, I have been working with many different types of modelling approaches, including multimedia models, stochastic modelling, and Bayesian statistical and geostatistical methods. I have applied these methodologies to various environmental problems, including modelling of contaminant fate and transport in soil and groundwater systems, risk assessment of soil and groundwater pollution, and evaluation and spatial mapping of the risk of priority soil hazards.


  • Overheu, N.D.; Troldborg, M.; Tuxen, N.; Flyvbjerg, J.; Ostergaard, H.; Jensen, C.B.; Binning, P.J.; Bjerg, P.L. (2010) Risk-based prioritisation of point sources through assessment of the impact on a water supply., In: Schirmer, M., Hoehn, E. and Vogt, T. (eds.). GQ10: Groundwater Quality Management in a Rapidly Changing World. IAHS Publication, Volume 342, pp383-386.
  • Troldborg, M.; Nowak, W.; Binning, P.J.; Bjerg, P.L.; Helmig, R. (2009) Uncertainty of mass discharge estimates from contaminated sites using a fully Baysian framework., In: Wang, Y.X.; Ge, S.; Hill, M.C. and Zheng, C.M. (eds.), Calibration and Reliability in Groundwater Modelling: Managing Groundwater and the Environment. IAHS Publication, Volume 341, pp46-50.

  • Stewart, G.B.; Glendell, M.; McMorran, R.; Troldborg, M.; Gagkas, Z.; Ovando, P.; Roberts, M.; Maynard, C.; Williams, A.; Clay, G.; Reed, M.S. (2021) Uplandia: making better policy in complex upland systems., Defra and Natural England Report, 68pp.
  • Vinten, A.J.A.; Ibiyemi, A.; Troldborg, M. (2021) Water levels and flows in the upper Lunan water - a hydrological-hydraulic modelling approach to management and decision support., Report for RESAS and Stakeholders, 58pp.
  • Glendell, M.; Troldborg, M.; Vintent, A.; Gagkas, Z.; Lilly, A. (2020) Field level modelling of pesticide pollution risk in Jersey., James Hutton Limited Contract Report to Jersey Water, 45pp.
  • Troldborg, M.; Larsen, T.L. (2019) Sand project: development of groundwater model and running scenarios (in Danish)., Report (in Danish).
  • Troldborg, M.; Beesley, L.; Stockan, J.; Avery, L.; Hough, R.L. (2019) Development of approach for modelling water flow and contaminant mass balances at Dinnet., Internal Report, James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, 6pp.
  • Carlson, B.B.; Egge Olsen, A.M.; Larsen, L.C.; Troldborg, M. (2018) Oplandsmodel Birkerød - hovedrapport. Geologisk og hydrogeologisk modelering samt lokalitetsre-sumeer og stoftransportmodellering. (In Danish), Technical Report for Funder (Capital region of Denmark).
  • Lilly, A.; Baggaley, N.J.; Loades, K.W.; McKenzie, B.M.; Troldborg, M. (2018) Soil erosion and compaction in Scottish soils: adapting to a changing climate., ClimateXChange Report, 21pp.
  • Troldborg, M.; Baggaley, N.; Lilly, A. (2018) Development of Bayesian Belief Network to assess soil erosion risk., Summary Report from Workshop, SEPA, Silvan House, Edinburgh, 15 March 2018, 3pp.
  • Troldborg, M.; Andersen, J.A.; Olsen, A.M.E.; Larsen, L.C.; Larsen, T.H.; Carlson, B. (2018) Oplandsmodel Birkerød - Geologisk og hydrogeologisk modellering (in Danish) (Catchment model Birkerød - Geological and hydrogeological modelling)., Technical Report for Region Hovedstaden (Capital Region of Denmark).
  • Troldborg, M.; Hough, R.L. (2018) Novel circular systems to meet future economic : environmental challenges., Year 1 Report for Objective 2.3 in RD1.2.3 of the RESAS Programme.
  • Troldborg, M.; Duckett, D.; Hough, R.; Kyle, C. (2017) Developing a foundation for reclaimed water use in Scotland., CREW Report, CRW2013_16.
  • Hough, R.L.; Amponsah, N.; Troldborg, M.; Allan, R.; Stutter, M.I. (2016) Water resource balancing: is a closed loop system possible that enable sustainable rural supplies?, Project Report for CREW, CRW2014_06, 15pp.
  • Aitkenhead, M.J.; Black, H.I.J.; Squire, G.; McLeod, K.; Hastings, E.; Troldborg, M.; Aalders, I.H.; Towers, W.; Lilly, A.; Brown, I.; Coull, M.C.; Castellazzi, M.; Matthews, K.B.; Baggaley, N.J. (2016) A review of ecosystem service mapping within Scottish Government RESAS-funded research., Report for Scottish Government.
  • Aitkenhead, M.J.; Black, H.I.J.; Squire, G.; McLeod, K.; Hastings, E.; Troldborg, M.; Aalders, I.; Towers, W.; Lilly, A.; Poggio, L.; Gimona, A.; Brown, I.; Castellazzi, M.; Matthews, K.B.; Baggaley, N.J. (2014) A review of ecosystem service mapping within Scottish Government RESAS funded research., Report for Scottish Government.
  • Troldborg, M.; Tamburini, M.; Avery, L.M.; Hough, R.L. (2014) Exposure of livestock to Group III Botulinum toxins in anaerobically digested broiler litter applied to grazing land., Report prepared for WRAP.
  • Troldborg, M.; Hough, R.L.; Baggaley, N.J.; Dawson, J.J.C. . (2013) Aerial spraying guidance for the protection of watercourses., CREW Final Report.
  • Hough, R.L.; Troldborg, M. (2012) Estimating uptake of PTEs, PAHs, and PCDD/Fs from biochar amended soil into crops and subsequent human exposure., Biochar Risk Assessment Framework (BRAF).
  • Dawson, J.J.C.; Redden, H.; Hough, R.L.; Sample, J.; Towers, W.; Troldborg, M. (2012) Assessment of the feasibility of co-digesting feedstocks - macroalgae and sewage sludge: 1. Value potential., CREW Publication, 2012 - Rapid Response Project (CRWRR002).
  • Nolan, A.J.; Bell, J.S.; Donnelly, D.; Towers, W.; Beesley, L.; Troldborg, M.; Baggaley, N. (2011) Soil Survey Maps and Reports, Scale 1:10,000, Volume 5 - Moray and Aberdeenshire Forest District (Ardonald, Asloun, Ben Aigan, Corrennie, Kemnay Woods, Kinnoir and Rosarie and Greenhills Forest Blocks)., Forest Enterprise Scotland.
  • Overheu, N.D.; Tuxen, N.; Frimodt Pedersen, O.; Jensen, C.B.; Rokkjaer, A.; Asger Andersen, J.; Aabling, J.; Troldborg, M.; Binning, P.J.; Bjerg, P.L. (2011) Vaerktojer til brug for risikovurdering og prioritering af grundvandstruende forureninger (Tools for risk assessment and prioritization of contaminations threatening groundwater resources)., Danish Environmental Protection Agency (in Danish). Miljoprojekt 1366, 2011. Teknologiprogrammet for jord- og grundvandsforurening.
  • Lange, I.V.; Troldborg, M.; Santos, M.C.; Binning, P.J.; Bjerg, P.L. (2011) Kvantificering af forureningsflux I transekt ved Skuldelev (Quantification of contaminant mass flux across a transect at Skuldelev)., Data report prepared for the Capital Region of Denmark, Miljo, Denmark. (in Danish).
  • Tuxen, N.; Larsen, L.C.; Troldborg, M.; Bjerg, P.L.; Binning, P.J. (2008) Region Hovedstaden, Revurdering af eksisterende undersogelser, Rundforbivej 176 (The Capital Region, Re-assessment of exisiting investigations at Rundforbivej 176)., Report, Technical University of Denmark.

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