Press releases

Press releases and announcements are compiled and issued by the BGS Press Office.


Borehole drilling
The first borehole is being drilled at the UK Geoenergy Observatory for Glasgow, allowing scientists to ‘see’ underground at the world-class geothermal energy research site in the east end of the city. Further information on UKGEOS: UK Geoenergy Observatories


11 December 2018

Carbon dioxide molecules
Representatives from CO2GeoNet, the European Energy Research Alliance CCS Joint Programme, the Global CCS Institute, the UK Carbon Capture and Storage Association and the European Zero Emission Technology and Innovation Platform are working to raise awareness of the important role of CCS as a key emission reduction option. A joint press release has been prepared to coincide with the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This press release highlights the important role for CCS in meeting climate targets.


7 December 2018

Art of Geology Exhibition
A range of art installations, from sculpture to film, will be on display for the first time in Edinburgh for one day this year, letting visitors see geology from a new perspective.


5 November 2018

Canary Wharf
Humans now have a greater effect on shaping the surface of the Earth than natural processes do. Humans move about 24 times more material around the surface of the planet than rivers move sediment to the oceans. This movement, and the resulting change to landscapes, has accelerated since the mid-20th Century. It is therefore a significant characterisation of the proposed new epoch of geological time – the Anthropocene.


2 November 2018

BGS Edinburgh Open Day

From robots and smartphone microscopes to a marine touch tank and dinosaurs – all age groups are invited to a very special Doors Open Day at the Lyell Centre on Saturday 29th September.



21 September 2018

BGS welcomes Ólafur Ragnar Grimsson to the Lyell Centre
The British Geological Survey (BGS) has welcomed former President of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grimsson, to its Scottish base at the Lyell Centre in Edinburgh.


7 September 2018

BGs Data website
BGS are refreshing the data section on its website and are looking for help. We have a vast range of datasets covering a variety of different topics from onshore to marine, groundwater to earthquakes, subsidence to geochemistry. We know it’s not always easy to find what you need so are stepping back and taking a look at what works and what doesn’t. If you’re an occasional or regular visitor to the BGS website and would like an opportunity to help shape what we deliver please get in touch with the BGS data team.
Please be aware that by sharing your details with us, you are giving us permission to contact you for the purposes of the BGS data website refresh. By doing so you also give us permission to pass these details onto JBA consulting who have been commissioned to build our new site. Both BGS and JBA will only hold your details and contact you for the purpose of the BGS data website refresh and will not keep those details beyond the end of the project.


5 September 2018

Ince Marshes
The British Geological Survey (BGS) is inviting Cheshire residents to consider the proposed borehole locations for the UK Geoenergy Observatory plan for Ince Marshes in Cheshire.


31 August 2018

3D UK map

Glasgow City Council and South Lanarkshire Council have approved plans to develop a world class geothermal research observatory in the east end of the city. The research will look at the potential for warm water in disused coal mines for renewable heat.



28 August 2018

LIDAR Scanning

A rockfall took place on Wednesday 8th August 2018 at Staithes in North Yorkshire tragically killing a nine year old child. The steep cliffs at Staithes are formed of Jurassic-age sandstone, siltstone and ironstone. Lower layers of the weaker stone are easily weathered at this location leaving unsupported blocks which ultimately fall as rockfall. The recent unprecedented warm dry weather is likely to be a contributing factor. Current research has linked rockfalls to temperature fluctuations, but the research to fully understand this process is still ongoing. We would like to reiterate the warnings that the RNLI and Local Councils give regularly about staying away from cliffs. Take notice of warning signs. Do not go directly under or on top of cliffs as our coast is a dynamic environment that is changing all the time.



9 August 2018