News stories about BGS

A selection of recent news, that includes mentions of the British Geological Survey, reported in online news websites. Click on a heading link to read the full article.



Driven by the increasing number and severity of failures in flood defences, transportation and utilities earthworks, PRIME™ was developed by the BGS Geophysical Tomography Team when looking for solutions to better manage earthworks assets.


18 April 2019

Scientists have produced a new model to illustrate the December collapse of Indonesia's Anak Krakatau volcano and its subsequent tsunami. The results indicate that 0.2-0.4 cu km of material on the southwestern flank of the volcano must have slid into the sea to produce the destructive waves. The simulation matches well the high-water readings recorded at tide gauges on Sumatran and Javan coasts.


12 April 2019

An international consortium of public agencies led by ARGANS and including the British Geological Survey, has won a major project funded by the European Space Agency to develop innovative Earth Observation products/information. The project will enhance knowledge and monitoring capabilities of the coastal environment in response to the approaching challenges of climate change and rapid sea level rise.


8 April 2019

In this recent article in the Guardian, Rob Ward and Jon Ford of the British Geological Survey show that by working in partnership with organisations like the Environment Agency, we are prioritising our work to ensure that it delivers best value and multiple benefits to the country.


28 March 2019

One of the UK's most sinkhole-prone cities is to use 3D-mapping techniques to help planners cope with the problem. Ripon sits above a layer of gypsum, a water soluble rock which leads to the formation of large underground caves. Dr Vanessa Banks, of the British Geological Survey, said by 2020 it was hoped the map would be available to help scientists, developers and planners.


11 March 2019

The British Geological Survey has amassed one of the world’s premier collections of geologic samples. It contains 3 million fossils gathered over more than 150 years at thousands of sites. But this data trove “was not very useful to anybody,” says Michael Stephenson, a BGS paleontologist. Paper notes about the samples and rocks “were sitting in boxes.” Now there is an international effort to meld earth science databases into a “geological Google.”


26 February 2019

A multimillionaire explorer who was the first to reach the deepest point of the Atlantic Ocean is preparing for his next dive in unmapped depths, thousands of metres below the surface. It is the job of geologist Heather Stewart at the British Geological Survey to find where the deepest point of South Sandwich Trench is.


14 January 2019

Rapid shifts in the Earth's north magnetic pole are forcing researchers to make an unprecedented early update to a model that helps ships, planes and submarines in the Arctic navigate, scientists said. "It's moving at about 50km a year. It didn't move much between 1900 and 1980 but it's really accelerated in the past 40 years," Ciaran Beggan, of the British Geological Survey, said.


13 January 2019

The British Geological Survey (BGS) has submitted a planning application to Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWACC) to site a UK Geoenergy Observatory at Ince Marshes in Cheshire. The submission comes as the country’s top geoscientists complete drilling of its first 199 m-deep borehole at the UK Geoenergy Observatory in Glasgow.


4 January 2019

Recent dry weather could have been a contributing factor in the rock fall which killed a nine-year-old girl in Staithes. Dr Helen Reeves, BGS, said: “Recent weeks have seen an increased number of cliff falls reported around our coastline in the UK”.


9 August 2018