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Dr Ciaran Beggan
Scientists have updated the World Magnetic Model, which underlies navigation for ships and planes, nearly a year ahead of schedule because the magnetic poles have wandered more quickly than expected in recent years.


BGS staff member Michael Stephenson
Professor Mike Stephenson, Director of Science and Technology at the BGS, will be a keynote speaker at the ‘Next steps for the unconventional oil and gas market in the UK’ conference in Westminster on 4th April 2019.


Rock specimen of shale (P521463)
Risk-based approach to shale gas monitoring


Ocean image
BGS and Heriot-Watt scientists join £20million programme to tackle threats to world oceans


BGS staff member John Ludden
Professor John Ludden today announced that after 13 years at the British Geological Survey (BGS) he will be leaving this coming September.


Borehole drilling
As part of a major new research programme on environmental issues, the BGS is leading the £1.8M GWatt research project - Geothermal power generated from UK granites.


Seismic trace
Since hydraulic fracturing operations started at Preston New Road, near Blackpool, some earthquakes have been detected close to the area of operations. Details of Seismicity at Preston New Road, October 2018.


The rig on site at the United Downs Industrial Estate
Geothermal energy in Cornwall


3D model of the UK
The Geospatial Commission has partnered with Innovate UK to launch a new government competition where organisations can apply for a share of £1.5 million to fund projects which use data linked to location.


Research ship
Dr Carol Cotterill from BGS will be swapping log-books for legislation when she visits Christine Jardine MP in Westminster (26 - 30 November) as part of the Royal Society pairing scheme supported by the Government Science & Engineering profession.


Water drop
House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee today published its report on ‘UK progress on reducing nitrate pollution’. This highlights that high levels of nitrate in groundwater cause oxygen depletion which is harmful to humans and biodiversity.


The European Plate Observing System EPOS) has been officially launched this week
The European Plate Observing System (EPOS) has been officially launched this week at a ceremony in Rome at the Italian Ministry of Education and Universities and Research.


The rig on site at the United Downs Industrial Estate
Drilling at the UK's first deep geothermal electricity plant is to start this week at the United Downs Industrial Estate in Cornwall, south-west England.


BGS Director John Ludden
BGS Science Advisory Committee


The BGS has provided historical maps and reports on the geology of Korea as part of the centennial celebrations for the foundation of the Korean Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM).


The British Geological Survey (BGS) has become one of the first organisations to achieve the new health and safety standard: the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) 45001:2018 Occupational Health and Safety System (OHS) standard.


Medical geology diagram
Soil quality — Assessment of human exposure from ingestion of soil and soil material — Procedure for the estimation of the human bioaccessibility/bioavailability of metals in soil” has been published.


Dr Tracy Shimmield
Dr Tracy Shimmield has been appointed as the chair of the Orkney Research and Innovation Campus (ORIC).


Seismic trace
BGS Seismologist, Richard Luckett attended a public meeting in Newdigate, Surrey.


The exercise was attended by HRH Prince Andrew, Duke of York.
On 21 September 2018 a live exercise to test the abandoned mine emergency response plan took part at the Marble Arch Caves.


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