Coastal-Marine Geophysical Index

Dataset description

This is a metadata index of all the geophysical surveys recorded by BGS. A geophysical survey in this context is a survey which collects seismic, sonar or potential field data (gravity and magnetic). It includes surveys conducted by BGS and other organisations (for example, the British Institutions Reflection Profiling Syndicate - BIRPS). The index holds information at different levels: survey level, line level and shot-point level. The index does not include surveys shot by the hydrocarbons industry. The bulk of the surveys were conducted in the late 1960s, 1970s and 1980s and 1990's with ongoing additions each year. The distribution of survey lines is very variable, but, in general, there is a regional geophysical survey line spaced about every 5 - 10km across the entire UK Continental Shelf. In some localised areas the line density is much higher. The survey-level metadata were manually entered via forms into the index. Line and point metadata, have in most cases have been imported from the ship navigation systems, although for some older surveys the data have been entered manually from paper navigtaion records. The survey data is applicable to a wide range of uses including environmental, geotechnical, geophysical and geological studies.


Access and use of data subject to license.

Further information

For more information please contact:


Environmental Science Centre, Nicker Hill, Keyworth
NG12 5GG

Tel : +44 (0)115 936 3143
Fax :+44 (0)115 936 3276

Associated dataset(s)

Coastal-Marine Geophysical Records

Further details

Dataset details

Language English
Curator British Geological Survey
Supply media/format Digital - Data from Oracle tables can be supplied in a variety of formats Not applicable
Storage format Digital:Oracle Relational Database
Frequency of update monthly
Start of capture 5th September 2005
End of capture Not applicable
Contact details
Department Enquiries
Organisation British Geological Survey
Address Environmental Science Centre, Nicker Hill, Keyworth
City Nottingham
County Nottinghamshire
Country United Kingdom
Postcode NG12 5GG
Telephone +44 (0)115 936 3143
Fax +44 (0)115 936 3276
Topic category geoscientificInformation (information pertaining to earth sciences)
Keywords and Keyphrases MARINE GEOCHEMISTRY
Keyword source BGS Keyphrases
Spatial details
Spatial Reference System Not available
Dataset extent
Coverage (Lat/Long) North boundary : 64.87
East boundary  : 90.24
South boundary : -24.61
West boundary  : -24.61
Metadata language English
Metadata last updated 6th September 2006
Metadata standard ISO standard 19115:2003
Copyright and IPR
The copyright of materials derived from the British Geological Survey's work is vested in the Natural Environment Research Council [NERC]. No part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, or stored in a retrieval system of any nature, without the prior permission of the copyright holder, via the BGS Intellectual Property Rights Manager. Use by customers of information provided by the BGS, is at the customer's own risk. In view of the disparate sources of information at BGS's disposal, including such material donated to BGS, that BGS accepts in good faith as being accurate, the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) gives no warranty, expressed or implied, as to the quality or accuracy of the information supplied, or to the information's suitability for any use. NERC/BGS accepts no liability whatever in respect of loss, damage, injury or other occurence however caused.
W -24.61 64.87 N
Extent of coverage for this dataset (shown here as Latitude and Longitude)
S -24.61 90.24 E