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Nature Geoscience cover May 2013
A new 1000-year Antarctic Peninsula climate reconstruction shows that summer ice melting has intensified almost ten-fold, and mostly since the mid 20th century. Summer ice melt affects the stability of Antarctic ice shelves and glaciers. The research, which includes Carol Arrowsmith as a co-author from the British Geological Survey went online this week in the journal Nature Geoscience.


Nature Geoscience cover May 2013
A new 1000-year Antarctic Peninsula climate reconstruction shows that summer ice melting has intensified almost ten-fold, and mostly since the mid 20th century.


Isotope laboratory analysis on Richard III's teeth
On 4 February 2013 the University of Leicester announced that the human remains uncovered beneath a Leicester car park in August 2012 are 'beyond reasonable doubt' those of King Richard III. During the study, Leicester University agreed to allow the NERC Isotope Geosciences Laboratory (NIGL) to take small samples of bone and teeth from the skeleton in order to further investigate the King's diet, movements and exposure to pollution.


Jonathan Stone
BGS/BUFI-funded PhD student Jonathan Stone has won I'm a scientist, get me out of here! Jon, a volcanologist studying at the University of East Anglia, won the Technetium Zone of the March 2013 competition.


Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS)
The British Geological Survey's Infiltration SuDS Map won the 2013 Sustainable Drainage and Flood Management Initiative of the Year category at the Water Industry Achievement Awards; as announced at the awards ceremony held on 21 March in Birmingham.


Transport geotechnics and geophysics
A three-year programme of engagement and collaboration between the academic community, engineering industries and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), has borne fruit with the announcement of £4.7 million funding for new engineering research.


Quaternary Science Reviews Cover
Isotope geochemistry is increasingly an essential part of environmental and climate change research and now routinely contributes to our understanding of many critical environmental problems, which span the whole of Earth system science and not least in palaeolimnology and limnogeology.


3D geological model
The University of Birmingham, in collaboration with the British Geological Survey and others, has been awarded a £5.9 million research grant to improve the management of underground assets such as buried pipes and cables.


The Volcano Global Risk Identification and Analysis Project (VOGRIPA) project is an international collaboration led by the University of Bristol with partners including the BGS, the Smithsonian Institution and the Geological Survey of Japan. VOGRIPA aims to develop accessible, searchable global volcanic hazards databases


In a new report by the Royal Academy of Engineering into space weather and its potential impact, UK science and industry experts have analysed the likely impact of the most extreme space weather on technology.


Rack of server slices
The UK Government is promoting the role of 'e-infrastructure' as a key economic enabler for the future. Mr David Willetts, Minister of State for Universities and Science, chairs an e-infrastructure leadership council.


SiteChar Logo
SiteChar is a three-year EU-funded research project to establish a method to assess a site's suitability for the underground geological storage of CO2


Infiltration SuDS Map dataset
The BGS Infiltration SuDS map can help assess where systems such as soakaways and permeable pavements are appropriate by providing information about the properties of the ground.


BGS stores over 15,000 borehole, vibrocore, gravitycore and grab samples
The UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) hydrocarbon well collection, managed by BGS, contains material from approximately 8000 wells, including over 300 km of drill cores, 4.5 million samples of cuttings, and associated records.


Shallow geohazards
As a contributor to the Natural Hazards Partnership, the British Geological Survey issues colour coded (green, yellow, amber or red) daily assessments regarding landslide potential.


Anna Harrison beside a poster summarising the main messages from her project.
Papers co-authored by British Geological Survey (BGS) scientists have both won, and been runner-up, in the Climate Change category of the Lloyd’s Science of Risk Prize – as announced at the award ceremony held at Lloyds of London on 29 November 2012.


Jo Robbins and  Emma Bee
Earlier this year, the BGS in collaboration with the Met Office, submitted a challenge called 'Hazard Map' to the 2012 International Space Apps challenge; a two-day technology development event. The paper was subsequently voted 'best paper in conference: voted by delegates'.


Borehole drilling
Concerns have been raised about the possible future use of shale gas boreholes for disposal of radioactive waste. Boreholes drilled for shale gas or for any other purpose will not be re-used for the disposal of radioactive waste.


Tellus award presentation
The team behind the EU INTERREG IVA-funded Tellus Border Project , led by Marie Cowan and including Mike Young, Mohammednur Desissa and Claire McGinn from BGS , has picked up a top industry award for excellence in communications at the CIPR …


Tom Bradwell
Tom Bradwell (BGS P-I) has won a NERC award, part of a major £3.6 m interdisciplinary consortium, to study exactly how and when the last British-Irish ice sheet disappeared. This five-year NERC-funded project led by Prof Chris Clark …


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