Press releases

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


GeoERA

Announcing BGS's participation in GeoERA, in collaboration with more than 45 European national and regional Geological Survey Organisations from over 30 European countries. This pan-European initiative is a Horizon 2020 ERA-NET Co-Fund Action, which has just begun and will complete in 2021.

The main objective of GeoERA is to contribute to the optimal use and management of the subsurface while minimizing environmental impacts and footprint for geo-energy, raw materials and groundwater challenges. GeoERA will launch a co-funded joint call that will fund transnational research projects that will aim to support:

  1. a more integrated and efficient management and
  2. more responsible and publicly accepted, exploitation and use of the subsurface.


20 January 2017

Mana Khola landslide, Latpancher, Darjeeling
Physical scientists, engineers and social scientists from nine organisations in the UK, Italy and India are collaborating to improve the assessment of landslide risk, early warning systems and the preparedness of local communities likely to be affected by landslide hazards in India. This will help to protect lives, livelihoods and the local economy of vulnerable landslide-prone communities in India.


20 January 2017

False colour image of the Sun. Courtesty of SOHO (NASA/ESA)

The daily US economic cost from solar storm-induced electricity blackouts could be in the tens of billions of dollars, with more than half the loss from indirect costs outside the blackout zone, according to a new study published 18 January 2017.

Previous studies have focused on direct economic costs within the blackout zone, failing to take account of indirect domestic and international supply chain loss from extreme space weather.

On average the direct economic cost incurred from disruption to electricity represents only 49 per cent of the total potential macroeconomic costs reports the paper published in Space Weather, a journal of the American Geophysical Union.

The paper was co-authored by researchers from the Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies at University of Cambridge Judge Business School; British Antarctic Survey; British Geological Survey and University of Cape Town.



19 January 2017

Pentland Hills, southwest of Edinburgh, Scotland
This January scientists from a range of disciplines will come together to undertake the first ever coordinated sampling of the major rivers in Great Britain to look for soil derived organic carbon. This carbon is a large element of our 'natural capital' - in fact it is so large that restoring some damaged elements of it, such as upland peat bogs, could cost up to £570 million over the next 40 years. In recognition of this NERC has commissioned the major new programme, LOCATE (Land Ocean Carbon Transfer). One key early activity is to estimate the loss by sampling thirty rivers once a month for an entire year.


16 December 2016

RD2
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, The Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, visited The British Geological Survey (BGS) at The Lyell Centre in Edinburgh today as part of his visit to Scotland. The visit, which followed an extra £800 million infrastructure funding for the Scottish Government, took part in the brand new Lyell Centre Support building which houses the state of the art Rock Drill 2 (RD2).


1 December 2016

The information in the Atlas will help develop better water supplies for people across Africa
The British Geological Survey are today launching the Africa Groundwater Atlas at a major water conference in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. Funded by DFID/NERC/ESRC’s UPGro research programme, the Atlas is a gateway to groundwater information for 51 African countries, and to unlocking the potential of groundwater resources in Africa.


1 December 2016

Lyell Centre
A pioneering global research centre for earth & marine science and technology was opened by Deputy First Minister John Swinney. Lyell Centre brings together the expertise of British Geological Survey with the academic innovation of Heriot-Watt University.


21 October 2016

Monitoring of methane in groundwater
The overturning of Lancashire County Council's rejection for permission to drill for shale gas means that it's possible that shale gas may be extracted commercially in the area.


6 October 2016

Giant's Causeway
A new book, launched today at Parliament Buildings, Belfast; 'Unearthed: impacts of the Tellus surveys of the north of Ireland' tells how an unprecedented combined land and air survey of the 'land below ground' over the last 10 years has unearthed valuable natural resources, refined our understanding of the agri-environment and has identified naturally-occurring hazards.


4 October 2016

Seismologists David Hawthorne (BGS) and Simone Mancini (INGV) setting up seismometers before deployment
UK scientists from the British Geological Survey (BGS) and the University of Edinburgh set off this week to the earthquake affected area of central Italy. They will deploy seismometers to help better understand the science of aftershocks and how scientists might better assist global emergency response.


31 August 2016