Completed research

Future Thames booklet Future Thames booklet

The booklet highlights some of the key challenges affecting the Thames Basin and how geoscience might be able to help address. It is a useful starting point to encourage the use of geoscience as part of an integrated solution.

Modelling the UK in 3D Modelling the UK in 3D

Economic Valuation Reports explain the impact of integrated 3D geological modelling, citing examples from the Thames Catchment.

Sediment pollutants in the Thames estuary
Sediment pollutants in the Thames estuary

This study aims to map pollution in the Thames estuary and understand the processes that influence pollution distribution, links to land use and the risk to human health and ecosystems.

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London Earth
London Earth

The Geochemical Baselines team are undertaking an ambitious soil sampling survey within the entire Greater London Authority area to help identify potentially harmful elements in urban areas and to inform local councils, developers and the general public of any environmental or health risks.

Examining geological controls on Baseflow Index (BFI) using regression analysis: an illustration from the Thames basin, UK
Examining geological controls on Baseflow Index (BFI) using regression analysis: an illustration from the Thames basin, UK

This study presents a statistical model (using multiple linear regression) of the relationship between surface geology, hydrogeological units and Base Flow Index (BFI).

Other research

Groundwater drought in the UK Groundwater drought in the UK

AEconomic Valuation Reports explain the impact of integrated 3D geological modelling, citing examples from the Thames Catchment.

Exploded 3D volume model of part of the Thames Gateway and attributed according to aquifer classification Thames Gateway Project

Focuses on making geoscience information more accessible, relevant and understandable to the wide range of users in the sustainable regeneration and development of this region.

Colour-ramped elevation grid for the modelled top-Chalk surface in the London area LondonLithoFrame 50 | A new structural interpretation beneath London

The 3D geology of London and the Thames Gateway: a modern approach to geological surveying and its relevance in the urban environment.

Lowland Catchment Research (LOCAR) at Frilsham Meadow in the Pang valley, Berkshire Lowland Catchment Research (LOCAR) Programme

A research programme into how water enters, is stored within, and is discharged from rivers in three groundwater-dominated catchments, including the Pang/Lambourn catchment in Berkshire, within the Thames basin.


Minerals resource mapping Minerals Resource Mapping

A web-based Geographical Information System (GIS) that provides online access to minerals-related data and information, including the Thames basin region.


Saracen stone standing on chalk scenery of the Berkshire Downs, Weathercock Hill, near upper Lambourn, Oxfordshire Understanding groundwater, surface water, and hyporheic zone biogeochemical processes in a Chalk catchment using fluorescence properties of dissolved and colloidal organic matter

Lapworth DJ, Gooddy DC, Allen D and Old GH (2009) Journal of Geophysical Research, 114, G00F02. 10 pp, doi:10.1029/2009JG000921.