Gateway to the Earth | BGS Science Strategy

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Our vision . . . is to be a global geological survey, working with new technology and data to understand and predict the geological processes that matter to people’s lives and livelihoods.

BGS will harness new technology to instrument the Earth so that we understand how geological processes act in real time. We will use our new understanding and existing research capability to rise to challenges across the world, and help society to:

  • use its natural resources responsibly
  • manage environmental change
  • be resilient to environmental hazards

BGS will make this happen by:

  • nurturing our people
  • developing our partnerships with universities, institutes and businesses
  • playing to our core strengths in 3D geology and the national geological database
  • remaining a trusted, independent voice

Download the Gateway to the Earth Strategy document.

Stakeholder forum presentations

Presentations from the British Geological Survey's Stakeholder Forum which took place at The Royal Society on Monday 2 June. The short programme included presentations on the BGS Strategy and developments on our business entity, followed by a networking reception.

Business Plan 2016–2019

The British Geological Survey has released its Business Plan for the three year period starting April 2016. This plan underpins the BGS strategy "Gateway to the Earth".

BGS is constantly reviewing its science priorities and these have largely moved towards a programme of harnessing new technology to instrument the Earth so that we understand geological processes in real time. This will help society to:

  • Use its natural resources responsibly
  • Manage environmental change
  • Be resilient to environmental hazards


Contact Enquiries for further information about the BGS Strategy.