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.



It’s World Soil Day today, the annual awareness day run by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation. The event aims to raise awareness of the importance of soil quality for human well-being, food security and ecosystems.


5 December 2018

British geologists show that humans now move more materials than natural geological forces. To explore the magnitude of our effect on the planet, scientists from the British Geological Survey and the University of Leicester recently carried out three fascinating studies.


27 November 2018

Scientists in Finland and the UK have built a computer model that visualises what water is doing underground in real time. They hope the new technology will help water companies extract groundwater sustainably and give a voice to people like farmers, who rely on the groundwater for their livelihoods. Niko Putkinen, a senior scientist at the Geological Survey of Finland, and Holger Kessler, from the British Geological Survey, explain how the system works.


21 November 2018

Drilling at the UK's first deep geothermal electricity plant is to start this week. Located at the United Downs Industrial Estate in Cornwall, south-west England, the plant will provide enough energy to power 3000 homes, according to Geothermal Engineering Ltd (GEL). Partners for the project include the BGS, GeoScience Ltd, and the University of Plymouth Sustainable Earth Institute.


6 November 2018

Humans now have a greater effect on shaping the surface of the Earth than natural processes do, according to three research projects by the British Geological Survey.


5 November 2018

Dr Tracy Shimmield will provide leadership to the ORIC board, and is a key appointment in the multi-million pound project. Dr Shimmield brings a wealth of experience to the role, being an executive member of the British Geological Survey and co-director of Edinburgh’s Lyell Centre, a pioneering global research facility for earth and marine science and technology.


3 October 2018

BGS director of science and technology Professor Mike Stephenson enthuses about the planned Cheshire Energy Research Field Site at Ince Marshes investigating this sphere.


1 October 2018

Researchers from the British Geological Survey and Dundee University, funded by the Natural Environment Research Council, have discovered that two tsunamis, each at least 40ft high, hit Shetland 5,000 and 1,500 years ago. "Think of me as Sherlock Holmes," says Prof Dave Tappin of the BGS. His colleagues call him Dave the Wave.


17 September 2018

Plans to develop a geothermal research facility at an old coal mine in Glasgow have been approved. Glasgow City Council and South Lanarkshire Council have given the go-ahead for the Glasgow Geothermal Energy Research Field Site, which will enable the UK science community to study the geothermal environment below the Earth’s surface. It is one of two sites proposed under the £31 million UK Geoenergy Observatories investment led by the British Geological Survey.


31 August 2018

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