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Pentland Hills, southwest of Edinburgh, Scotland
This January scientists from a range of disciplines will come together to undertake the first ever coordinated sampling of the major rivers in Great Britain to look for soil derived organic carbon. This carbon is a large element of our 'natural capital' - in fact it is so large that restoring some damaged elements of it, such as upland peat bogs, could cost up to £570 million over the next 40 years. In recognition of this NERC has commissioned the major new programme, LOCATE.

2016-12-16


False colour image of the Sun. Courtesty of SOHO (NASA/ESA)
The daily U.S. economic cost from solar storm-induced electricity blackouts could total more than $40 billion, with more than half the loss occurring outside the blackout zone, says new study.

2017-01-19


Mana Khola landslide, Latpancher, Darjeeling
Physical scientists, engineers and social scientists are collaborating to improve the assessment of landslide risk in India.

2017-01-20


GeoERA
Announcing BGS’s participation in GeoERA, in collaboration with more than 45 European national and regional Geological Survey Organisations from over 30 European countries. This pan-European initiative is a Horizon 2020 ERA-NET Co-Fund Action, which has just begun and will complete in 2021.

2017-01-20


Durdle Door
Scientists from the British Geological Survey (BGS) and University of Southampton have published a seamless onshore-offshore bedrock geology map of the eastern half of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.

2017-02-01


Water overflow due to flooding
The UK has had less rainfall than usual over the winter, and the south and south-east have been particularly dry meaning that the risk of a drought is increased. New maps published by the BGS illustrate that people in the south and south-east of England are especially reliant on groundwater for their water supply and this provides some resilience to drought.

2017-03-07


CAASM map
Scientists from the British Geological Survey and NRM Laboratories have found a novel way of using soil data to assess soil fertility. Maps show that the pattern of more acidic soils – which can reduce soil fertility – increasingly reflect geology and typical rainfall patterns across England and Wales. In recent years, less agricultural lime has been added to farmers’ fields to neutralise soil acidity.

2017-03-10


African groundwater map
The British Geological Survey, in partnership with African Union Commission (AUC) and the Uganda Chamber of Mines and Petroleum (UCMP), organised a two-day workshop at the Imperial Resort Beach Hotel, Entebbe, Uganda, under the theme, “A New Beginning: a collaborative partnering approach towards African geodata”.

2017-03-30


Seismic trace
A seismologist from the British Geological Survey (BGS) and another from the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology in Italy (INGV) met with Prince Charles in Amatrice today. The scientists were among the international team that updated him on the on-going collaboration and reconstruction efforts since the earthquake struck in August last year.

2017-04-04


Volcanic activity on Montserrat
Some of the world’s leading volcanologists and geothermal engineers have signed up to a US$100m magma drilling project in a bid to help protect millions of people, towns and cities across the world from volcano disasters; and to make a strategic step in scaling up the use of geothermal energy.

2017-04-07


Road
The British Geological Survey (BGS) and the UK Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) are pleased to announce the release of the 21st Century Exploration Roadmap (21CXRM) Palaeozoic Project, aiming to improve the knowledge and data from the underexplored Palaeozoic petroleum systems of the North Sea and Greater Irish Sea.

2017-04-18


DM250K
A team of scientists from the British Geology Survey (BGS) has won Team of the Year at the Praxis Unico Impact Awards 2017 aimed at recognizing knowledge exchange and commercialization professionals. The award was received by BGS’s GeoAnalytics and Modelling Directorate as a result of their consistent excellence in adding value to the vast datasets held by the BGS in addition to building relationships and overcoming challenges.

2017-06-20


BGS Open Day
The British Geological Survey and Quarrylab have collaborated to bring science and art together in the Impossible Views exhibition, which will premiere at the BGS 2017 Open Day in Keyworth on 1st July.

2017-06-29


Soil
Leading experts from the UK and developing countries across the world are joining forces to tackle some of the most serious global challenges in a new multi-disciplinary research programme launched today.

2017-07-21


Glasgow Geothermal Energy Research Field Site
Two of the UK's leading scientific agencies have issued an open invitation to come to the Legacy Hub in Dalmarnock on Tuesday 5 September, when plans will be unveiled for an exciting new research development proposed for the Clyde Gateway area in the east end of Glasgow or neighbouring Rutherglen in South Lanarkshire.

2017-08-14


Unearthed
Scientists are on a mission to rescue two million pieces of ‘lost’ weather data gathered more than 100 years ago by intrepid volunteers on Britain’s highest mountain.

2017-09-07


BGS logo
Today, Sir Keith O’Nions has been announced as the first Chair to lead the new British Geological Survey (BGS) Board. The BGS Board has been created to assist the BGS meet future challenges and ensure it continues as a globally leading survey, delivering services and providing infrastructure support nationally and globally.

2017-09-28


3D model of the UK
The British Geological Survey (BGS) is delivering a £31m investment in two subsurface (underground) research field sites to deliver new geological evidence that will advance our understanding of the subsurface environment and underpin the development of new energy science.

2017-10-11


Research ship
The UK has reaffirmed its commitment to future European and international collaboration on water at a groundwater meeting hosted by the British Geological Survey (BGS) in Nottingham today.

2017-10-17


African groundwater map
Resource development relies on geoscience data (‘geodata’). In Africa, access to useful geodata is often slow, expensive and unreliable. This discourages potential investors and leads to a slow rate of development. A pilot project is proposed in Uganda to create a Geoscience Data Portal to make ‘geodata’ freely available and stimulate economic development.

2017-10-18

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