Cities, catchments and coasts:
applied geoscience for decision-making in London and the Thames Basin
A seminar held at the Institute of Physics, London on 13 May 2011.
The British Geological Survey supports industry, planning and research throughout London and the Thames Basin by providing objective geoscientific data, information and knowledge.
BGS organised this seminar to disseminate information about our wide-ranging research and regional focus on the Thames, how our work can benefit your environmental and engineering projects and how we can work together to achieve more.
FutureThamesis an initiative designed to bring together our expertise in the region with that of potential collaborators to ensure that our combined activities are as relevant and accessible as possible to our stakeholders’ needs.
Through FutureThames, the BGS focuses on supporting land-use planning and development, minerals, waste and groundwater management by undertaking interdisciplinary research and the development of applied geoscience in order to improve decision-making.
London Earth is the recently completed soil geochemical survey of Greater London.
This survey provides unique information on the soil chemistry, which is of direct relevance to human health studies, land-use planning and development, urban regeneration and the assessment of contaminated land.
Our new series of 10 maps showing the distribution of environmentally sensitive elements across London were displayed for the first time at this seminar.
During the afternoon we held a technical workshop for practitioners to give advice and information on how to obtain and interpret the London Earth data as well as demonstrate cutting-edge techniques researching environmental impacts on human health.
The programme, below, includes links to the oral presentations and posters given at the seminar. Any that are not currently available may be added at a later date.
Download the soil chemistry maps and learn how to license the data at London Earth.
|Welcome and Chair||No||Dr Andy Howard||BGS|
|The Thames Basin in the context of the BGS Strategy||No||Prof Denis Peach||BGS|
|Environmental challenges and integrated solutions – how integrated environmental options and solutions can contribute to sustainable development||No||Dr Paul Leinster||Environment Agency|
|FutureThames – applied geoscience for decision-making in London and the Thames Basin||Yes||Jon Ford||BGS|
|Sustainable use of underground space||No||Dr Helen Reeves||BGS|
|London Earth: the chemistry of the surface environment in the UK's most populous city||Yes||Cathy Scheib||BGS|
|Organic and heavy metal pollution in Thames Estuary sediments||No||Dr Christopher Vane||BGS|
|Welcome and outline of the workshop||No||Cathy Scheib||BGS|
|BGS's urban geochemical survey data and its interpretation in the context of urban-rural comparisons and underlying geological influences||No||Dr Louise Ander||BGS|
|Measuring human exposure to harmful elements in soils: exploring the links between bioavailability, bioaccessibility and geochemistry||No||Dr Mark Cave||BGS|
|Examples of use of data from the Clyde. Cr inhalation, deprivation scores, land use etc.||No||Fiona Fordyce||BGS|
|A new record of Holocene sea-level change in the Thames Estuary and its implications for geophysical modelling||Yes||Nicole S Khan||University of Pennsylvania|
|Arsenic speciation of sediments from the River Thames estuary, London, UK||Yes||Michael J Watts||BGS|
|BGS flood response||Yes||Marieta Garcia-Bajo||BGS|
|Compound geohazards: planning for future climate scenarios||Yes||Katy Booth||BGS|
|Data and research for environmental applications and models [DREAM]||Yes||Carl Watson||BGS|
|Examining the soil chemistry of London's parklands||Yes||Kate Knights||BGS|
|Future Thames: applied geoscience for decision-making in London and the Thames Basin||Yes||Emma Bee||BGS|
|Geoscience for urban development||Yes||Dr Katherine Royse||BGS|
|Groundwater: site scale, catchment scale, basin scale||Yes||Stephanie Bricker||BGS|
|Integrated modelling within the Thames Basin — examples of BGS work||Yes||Dr Andrew Hughes||BGS|
|Modelling the quality of sand and gravel resources in 3D||Yes||Dr Katy Mee||BGS|
|Spatial distribution of trace metals in urban soils and road dusts — an example from Manchester, UK||Yes||Raqule Cardoso||Manchester Metropolitan University|
|SuDS in the Thames: suitability of the ground for infiltration||Yes||Dr Rachel Dearden||BGS|
|The London Earth field survey: collection of samples and data||Yes||Paul Everett||BGS|
|Urban soil chemistry data for Great Britain||Yes||Andreas Scheib||BGS|
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