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Dr Tracy Shimmield will provide leadership to the ORIC board, and is a key appointment in the multi-million pound project. Dr Shimmield brings a wealth of experience to the role, being an executive member of the British Geological Survey and co-director of Edinburgh’s Lyell Centre, a pioneering global research facility for earth and marine science and technology.

2018-10-03


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BGS director of science and technology Professor Mike Stephenson enthuses about the planned Cheshire Energy Research Field Site at Ince Marshes investigating this sphere.

2018-10-01


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Researchers from the British Geological Survey and Dundee University, funded by the Natural Environment Research Council, have discovered that two tsunamis, each at least 40ft high, hit Shetland 5,000 and 1,500 years ago. "Think of me as Sherlock Holmes," says Prof Dave Tappin of the BGS. His colleagues call him Dave the Wave.

2018-09-17


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Plans to develop a geothermal research facility at an old coal mine in Glasgow have been approved. Glasgow City Council and South Lanarkshire Council have given the go-ahead for the Glasgow Geothermal Energy Research Field Site, which will enable the UK science community to study the geothermal environment below the Earth’s surface. It is one of two sites proposed under the £31 million UK Geoenergy Observatories investment led by the British Geological Survey.

2018-08-31


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A sinkhole which opened up in Ripon city centre on 21st August lead to the evacuation of a nearby supermarket. The British Geological Survey (BGS) said that Ripon is prone to sinkholes and there were a number of possible triggering mechanisms.

2018-08-21


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The UK Cabinet Office has launched a consultation on its first geospatial strategy, seeking views on how to make best use of the location data held by public, private and voluntary sector organisations. The UK’s Geospatial Commission is a committee given £80m of funding over two years to support the more effective use of public and private geospatial data. Its partners include government agencies with large amounts of location data, including the British Geological Survey.

2018-08-15


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Recent dry weather could have been a contributing factor in the rock fall which killed a nine-year-old girl in Staithes. Dr Helen Reeves, BGS, said: “Recent weeks have seen an increased number of cliff falls reported around our coastline in the UK”.

2018-08-09


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The county has been hit by tremors twice in a week with the latest taking place at a magnitude of 2.4 at 6.54am (BST) in Newdigate on Friday, hitting a depth of three miles (5km), the British Geological Survey (BGS) said. BGS seismologist Richard Luckett told Press Association there is a “constant stream” of small earthquakes over most parts of the UK on a regular basis, adding: “There’s no reason why Surrey should be any different.

2018-07-30


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British authorities said Monday they were working to examine the potential vulnerability to groundwater supplies from onshore oil and gas activity. The British Geological Survey and the nation's Environment Agency said they were working on a consistent way to examine potential contamination.

2018-07-23


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Rising river temperatures are anticipated globally because of climate change and this will be made worse by increasing abstraction of cool groundwater that helps to reduce high temperatures in summer. Researchers from the University of Birmingham and the British Geological Survey have discovered that warming rivers can cause marked increases in carbon dioxide and methane production.

2018-07-19


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Two new seismic stations are being built in Surrey this week, to record the earth's movements in the wake of recent tremors. Seven earthquakes were detected by the British Geographical Survey (BGS) since April around Dorking and Crawley. The BGS said it was aiming to better understand the cause of the quakes, by putting stations close the area of activity.

2018-07-11


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The space under cities is getting busier – from transport excavations to billionaire’s mega-basements. So how to keep track of what’s down there? The British Geological Survey initiative Project Iceberg will attempt to aggregate cities’ subterranean data.

2018-07-10


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Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano continued to eject a continuous stream of lava and a crest of ash. In search of solutions to proactively identify impending disasters, scientists are looking towards technological solutions - and data management in particular. A team of volcanologists from the University of Leeds, Iceland and the British Geological Survey are analysing data collected from the crystals that were flung out during the early stages of the Eyjafjallajökull eruption.

2018-07-06


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Scientists think they have found a smart way to constrain carbon dioxide emissions – just turn them to stone. Christopher Rochelle is an expert on CCS at the British Geological Survey. He said this underlined the importance of moving beyond modelling and lab studies to real-world demonstrations. Only by doing this can the technology readiness be properly assessed.

2018-07-06


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A seventh earthquake in just over 12 weeks has struck in Surrey in what has been described as a "swarm" of tremors. It was the third tremor in nine days and the fourth reported to the British Geological Survey (BGS) since 1 April, but seismologist David Galloway said there had been a total of seven. The BGS said evidence pointed towards a natural cause.

2018-07-05


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Houses and furniture shook when an earthquake hit Surrey and West Sussex earlier. Scientists from the British Geological Survey (BGS) said the 2.6-magnitude tremor was felt in Newdigate, Charlwood and Crawley. Describing the quake as "small", Sarah Nice from the BGS said Gatwick Airport staff probably would not have realised it had happened.

2018-06-28


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Scientists have helped develop a new way of detecting underwater earthquakes that could save up to £753 million. Researchers used telecoms cables already under our oceans as ‘acoustic sensors’ to detect earthquake-induced vibrations along the length of the cable. The project was carried out in collaboration with researchers at Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica in Italy, the British Geological Survey and the University of Malta.

2018-06-18


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A magnitude 3.9 earthquake was felt in the north east and north of Lincolnshire, Kingston-upon-Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire, according to the British Geological Survey (BGS). The BGS tweeted: "The event June 9, 2018 at 10.14pm UTC magnitude 3.9 is the largest in the area since the Market Rasen event on 27/2/08 at magnitude 5.2, approx. 90 times larger than this recent event."

2018-06-15


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A 3.9-magnitude earthquake centred in north-east Lincolnshire has reportedly been felt up to 60 miles (100km) away. The British Geological Survey (BGS) said it happened at 23:14 BST on Saturday, with the epicentre in Grimsby at a depth of 11 miles. It was felt mainly in Lincolnshire and Hull, the BGS added.

2018-06-10


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The British Geological Survey has just released a new interactive web tool that maps out the geographical variation in the isotope signatures of Britain. This map, which includes strontium, oxygen and sulphur data, enables the determination of the provenance of food and drink or archaeological remains.

2018-06-06

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