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.



There were more than 4,000 earthquakes recorded across Scotland over the past 50 years, including a 4.4 magnitude quake in Knoydart Peninsula in 1974. Davie Galloway, British Geological Survey seismologist, told the BBC Scotland news website, that an earthquake over 2 magnitude would feel like a lorry passing your house and it would make windows rattle.'People think we don't get earthquakes because we are not on the edge of a plate but we do.'


26 April 2017

They may seem like a rare phenomenon, but the UK experiences more earthquakes than you think. An interactive map by Esri UK plotting the earthquakes has been published to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of the inventor of the Richter Scale. British Geological Survey spokesman Clive Mitchell said: ‘Despite being nowhere near a plate tectonic boundary the UK experiences hundreds of small earthquakes each year.'


25 April 2017

A treasure trove of new datasets created by a joint-industry project has been released to improve understanding of under-explored parts of the North Sea and Irish Sea. The 21st Century Exploration Roadmap project was undertaken by the Oil and Gas Authority, the British Geological Survey, the UK energy department, Oil and Gas UK and 49 oil company sponsors between November 2014 and May 2016.


19 April 2017

There are fears a hosepipe ban could be on the horizon after suppliers warned people to be careful of how much water they are using after a particularly dry winter. According to a new study by the British Geological Survey, the majority of Kent and the surrounding areas could be at severe risk of water shortage – as the area is almost entirely dependent on groundwater from rainfall.


12 April 2017

The UK CCS Research Centre (UKCCSRC) has received £7.6m ($9.4m) in funding to extend its carbon capture and storage (CCS) efforts for a further five years. Three Scottish carbon capture and Storage (SCCS) partner institutes – British Geological Survey, the University of Edinburgh and the University of Strathclyde – will join other project partners from across the UK.


11 April 2017

Scientists will study the possibility of producing geothermal energy from magma for the first time, in a $100 million project in Iceland, which if successful could produce up to 10 times more energy than from a conventional well. The project is being coordinated by Iceland's Geothermal Research Group and the British Geological Survey, with the participation of 38 institutes and companies from 11 countries including the United States, Canada and Russia.


11 April 2017

A new interactive toolbox is helping urban planners, practitioners, environmental organisations and researchers across Europe work together to better understand and use the ground beneath our cities. "Our Action has become a database for cities, so everybody has access to all the data and best practices. Additionally, after 4 years of collaboration, Sub-urban created a strong link between researchers and local authorities," adds network leader Dr Seumas Campbell at the British Geological Survey.


7 April 2017

Geosoft is participating in a pilot project aimed at improving the availability, accessibility and usability of geoscientific data to guide resource investment in the East African region. “We are very encouraged by this pilot initiative and the wide spectrum of geoscience data that will be made available,” said John Ludden Director of BGS.


6 April 2017

Glasgow City Council is completing case studies to understand how subsurface knowledge can be used to inform Ldp policy and new spatial planning approaches and guidance. The British Geological Survey is working closely with Glasgow and other cities in the UK and internationally to ensure that subsurface data is embedded in the planning process and used to inform urban design and development.


6 April 2017

Researchers have already theorised the UK was once connected to France via a land bridge. New research reveals clues that a series of geological events probably caused the first break. "The new result definitely gives evidence to catastrophic flooding," said Claire Mellett, a marine geologist at BGS.


5 April 2017