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BGS welcomes the news from UNESCO today that the UK now has seven UNESCO Global Geoparks. The new UNESCO Global Geoparks programme was announced by UNESCO this morning, in a historic vote that created the first new programme in UNESCO since World Heritage in 1972. The seven existing UK Global Geoparks automatically become UNESCO Global Geoparks, putting them alongside UNESCO's World Heritage Sites.
Here at BGS, we have worked with all of the UNESCO Global Geoparks since they were first established in the UK in 2001. This has included helping to develop and interpret geological sites, developing and compiling publications and online resources, providing advice and guidance on site management as well as in many cases helping to write the initial application dossier.
Dr Kirstin Lemon, based in our Belfast office, has a long association with Global Geoparks and is now a member of the UNESCO Global Geoparks Evaluation Team as well as the European Geoparks Network Coordination Committee. Kirstin is also the Chairperson of the Irish Global Geoparks Committee and Vice-Chairperson of the UK Global Geoparks Forum.
Congratulations to Dr Liz Bailey from the School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham who has been appointed as Visiting Research Associate within the Centre for Environmental Geochemistry, British Geological Survey. Liz is a specialist in environmental geochemistry and works on urban risk assessment, soil iodine and selenium geochemistry, dynamics of uranium, thorium and heavy metals and Global Food Security.
ICDP have provided US$ 1M funding for a new drilling project on the Paleogene marine record from coastal Tanzania, project TOPIC (Tanzania Onshore Paleogene Integrated Coring).The project will provide a new integrated stratigraphy for the Tanzanian Paleogene which is well known for its excquisite microfossil preservation and palaeoclimate records. Drilling will include new records through the Paleocene/Eocene and Eocene/Oligocene boundaries, and everything in between. Scientific objectives relate to paleoclimate studies and the deep subsurface biosphere:
The project PI is Paul Pearson (Cardiff University) with other UK Co-Is from BGS (Melanie Leng), UCL, Birmingham, Southampton, and Bristol.
Funding success! The ICDP have provided US$1.5M towards the drilling for a project on the Lower Jurassic in Wales/UK: Integrated understanding of the early Jurassic Earth system and Timescale (JET).
The science objectives are to:
The overall PI is Stephen Hesselbo (University of Exeter) with UK Co-Is from BGS (Jim Riding, Melanie Leng and Dan Condon), Oxford and Leeds.
BGS have won prestigious funding from the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK1 (Solving Urban Challenges with Data – Feasibility Studies) as part of a business led consortium to develop a prototype webGIS subscription service for landowners, developers, local authorities and their advisors to conduct renewable energy feasibility studies. The project will help the Government achieve renewable energy targets by allowing users to select which technologies are suitable for their site. The system will utilise information that will signify when a technology will and will not work, using BGS’ extensive geoscience data holdings and other open access data sources.
Consortium members are made up of industry and applied research organisations: Land Quality Management and Nottingham Energy Partnership and Nottingham Geospatial Institute. Positive Homes and University of Nottingham Estates Office who have extensive experience in installing and using renewable energy, will trial the system as potential end-users. The project starts in July 2015 and ends in 2016. For more information contact Darren Beriro.