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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 …


Shale gas
Concerns have been raised in the North West area about subsidence relating to shale gas extraction. The British Geological Survey considers that the risk of significant subsidence is very low. Oil and gas production from conventional …


ICDP-UK logo
Prof Melanie Leng has been appointed to the Executive Committee (EC) of ICDP to represent the UK membership.


Dinoflagellate cyst: Apectodinium augustum
About 56 million years ago, Earth experienced rapid global warming in association with a natural release to the atmosphere of an amount of CO2 and methane in the order of all present-day fossil fuel reserves.


Shale gas
To help companies understand where to drill and the impact of fracking, they need to know the distribution and size of natural stresses which are always present in the earth's crust.


Billy's Basement Bakers club
Cake-baking staff at the British Geological Survey have celebrated raising more than £2000 for the homeless charity Framework by launching their own recipe book.


BGS staff member Melanie Leng
Congratulations to Prof. Melanie Leng who has been reappointed to the Advisory Board of the international multidisciplinary research and review journal Quaternary Science Reviews (QSR).


BGS staff member Dr Julia West
Julia West has been appointed as Honorary Visiting Professor in the School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences (SEAES) at the University of Manchester.


Baseline groundwater sampling
In April 2012, with hosepipe bans in place across much of southern England, and record low water levels in many of our Chalk aquifers, there was a lot of media interest in the drought. BGS scientists helped explain how spring rainfall was unlikely to significantly recharge aquifers.


Lorraine Field
Dr Lorraine Field used to be a contracts manager in a telecoms infrastructure company - a good job but not one which really got her fired up.


Lake Sediment
There are concerns that in the future changes in climate might increase the spread of diseases and threaten human health. For example, a warmer and wetter climate could lead to disease-carrying creatures which thrive in warm, moist environments spreading to new regions.


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'I'm a Scientist, Get me out of Here !' is a free online event where school students get to meet and interact with scientists. It's a free X Factor-style competition between scientists, where the students are the …


Dr Rachel Dearden
Saturday 30 June BGS hydrogeologist, Dr Rachel Dearden, was interviewed by the BBC Breakfast team about why surface water flooding occurs after extreme rainfall, and how sustainable drainage can help reduce the volume of surface water in our …


OpenMI award 2012
A British Geological Survey (BGS) and Loughborough University team, have won an OpenMI Award for a 'catastrophe model'  that could help the insurance industry meet new EU regulations. Catastophe, or CAT, models are used by the insurance …


Calum Ritchie with  BCS President,  Peter Jolly. (Photo: Martin Lubikowski)
The BGS geological maps, Anglesey (Ynys Môn): A Landscape Carved by Ice , have won two British Cartographic Society (BCS) awards. The BGS 1:50 000 scale landforms, printed maps, of Anglesey were awarded the Stanfords Award for Mapping 2012 . …


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