Dr. Christoph Wels is vice president of Robertson GeoConsultants Inc., with head office in Vancouver, Canada. Dr. Wels has a M.Sc. in Watershed Hydrology and a Ph.D. in Hydrogeology and over 20 years of experience in consulting to the mining industry worldwide.
Dr. Wels' main areas of expertise include groundwater flow and contaminant transport modeling for mine sites, design and implementation of seepage and contaminant control strategies and assessment of mine closure options. Dr. Wels also serves as a third-party reviewer of hydrogeological studies completed for mine water management and/or mine permitting on behalf of government agencies, mining companies and other consulting firms. Over the years he has completed and/or reviewed over 100 hydrogeological projects in Canada, USA, Europe, Australia, Asia and South America.
Dr. Wels has written over 30 technical papers on seepage and groundwater movement, contaminant transport, cover design and mine closure planning and was the lead author for the BC MoE Groundwater Modeling Guidelines for the Mining Industry which are available at this link.