Geochemical Baseline Survey of the Environment(G-BASE) : What's new

This page displays latest project news and developments and will provide you with quick links to most recent accomplishments, such as survey activities, vacancies for voluntary workers or new free downloads.

Latest G-BASE web news

  • BGS has been commissioned by Defra to provide guidance on what are 'normal' levels of contaminant concentrations in English soils in support of the revision of the Part 2A Contaminated Land Statutory Guidance. Project reports are available from the Defra and NBC Project web page.
  • Dr Chris Johnson was lead editor on a book published in 2011 on "Mapping the Chemical Environment of Urban Areas".
  • The G-BASE project in the summer of 2011 completed the geochemical survey of the Clyde Basin. Over a period of 12 weeks some 1000 soil, 1800 stream water and 700 vegetation samples were collected. Survey results will feed directly into the Glasgow and Clyde Basin Urban Super Project (CUSP).
  • An updated London Earth Flyer is now available giving the latest news on the geochemical survey of Greater London and surrounding areas.
  • The London Earth field campaign report is now available via NORA. It summarises field operations and logistics, sampling procedures and methodologies and sample site distributions from various field campaigns between 2005 to 2009.
  • Browse our Google map on the Urban Geochemistry page to find free BGS report downloads on urban soil geochemical baselines.
  • Free download of stream sediment geochemical maps of the UK for various elements from our Regional Geochemistry page.
  • The second part of the London EARTH urban sampling project was also completed successfully. In a six week sampling campaign our sampling teams visited 2380 soil sample sites across the whole of the southern half of the Greater London Authority (GLA) area. In total the team has collected over 7100 samples in 2009. Together with the campaign of 2008 the project has visited over 6000 sites and collected in excess of 18 000 soil samples across Greater London.
  • Students interested in undertaking summer fieldwork with G-BASE, and assisting in the collection of samples during one of G-BASE's field campaigns can find more information at summer vacation voluntary work . Placements are usually advertised between February and April proceeding each field season.

Further information

Contact Dr Joanna Wragg for further information