Several BGS teams are currently (or soon will be) involved in academic and commercial projects within the Thames basin.
Our work ranges from local to basin-wide studies and includes projects that are developing generic methodologies within the Thames region and elsewhere throughout the UK to help develop ongoing research.
FutureThames is one of several BGS ‘cross-cutting’ projects devised to bring together the diverse threads of BGS work into more meaningful and far-reaching science.
The Minerals team has carried out nationwide mineral resource mapping and is currently helping to fund a PhD at Leeds University modelling the environmental and socio-economic impacts of aggregates for major construction projects using the 2012 Olympic Park as a case study.
The Urban Development team works to understand the ground beneath our cities and towns and the impacts of past and present land use. It has studied the Thames Gateway region extensively, including a study into the significance of the geology of London’s 2012 Olympic Park.
Understanding the behaviour of soils of urban areas, such as London, can provide a snapshot of the urban geochemical footprint and help to identify major geochemical features, controls, processes and potential impacts.
The Groundwater team aims to improve our understanding of groundwater resources, their movement and quality distribution — whole water cycle. Their work in the Thames basin is diverse and extensive, including characterisation of groundwater quality and aquifer properties and groundwater systems analysis.
The Coastal and Estuarine Change team is involved in on-going work into evidence of sea-level change within the Thames estuary and investigating the human and ecological health risks of persistent organic sediments (POPs) in the Thames sediments.
Shrink–swell clays can affect buildings in the London area and are a major cause for insurance claims. The Ground Shrinkage Project has worked on the London Clay, Gault Formation and Lambeth Group to produce a 3D volume change potential model of the London Clay, London basin.
The Geoengineering Properties and Processes team aims to provide an engineering geological appraisal of all the lithostratigraphical units in the Thames basin; including general engineering geological description and character; various engineering considerations, such as foundations, excavation, engineering fill, site investigation, hazards; and other planning considerations.
The Sustainable Soils team is involved in a variety of research within the Thames basin, including studies of the chalk soil particle size and chalk soil hydrology. The LondonEarth and G-Base teams have collected soil (and some sediment samples) across a substantial part of the Thames basin.
The Information Products programme is increasingly working with industrial and academic partners to enhance existing products and provide new and innovative data through collaborative research, including uncertainty and confidence modelling and risk and vulnerability data.