Press releases

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


ELEGANCY
The British Geological Survey (BGS) will lead the case study to support the decarbonisation of heating for large UK cities using novel hydrogen-based technology in the recently funded ELEGANCY research project. This project is one of five supported by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) with co-funding from the EU.


14 November 2017

ALIGN-CCUS
Researchers across Europe have come together to accelerate the development of technologies to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Over the next 3 years, a large project will focus on the removal of CO2 from industrial processes, the conversion of CO2 to create valuable products, such as methanol, and the safe storage of CO2 deep underground.


13 November 2017

PreACT
Key players from Europe, Australia and the USA are joining forces to tackle the challenge of removing CO2 from the atmosphere and storing it underground in a bid to make a real difference to our future climate. The 'Pressure control and conformance management for safe and efficient CO2 storage' or ‘Pre-ACT’ project, aims to improve the cost effectiveness of safe CO2 storage.


13 November 2017

Conceptual model of nitrate stored in the unsaturated zone.

Groundwater researchers at the British Geological Survey (BGS) have found a major store of pollution sitting in the rocks beneath our feet that could have severe global-scale consequences for our rivers, water supplies, human health and the economy.

In a paper published in Nature Communications, Matthew Ascott and fellow researchers from the British Geological Survey and Lancaster University have reported finding vast quantities of nitrate across the globe stored in rocks below ground and above the drinking water resources they hold as a result of human activity.



10 November 2017

Fugro Synergy
The Corinth Rift, located in the Gulf of Corinth in Central Greece is one of the most seismically active areas in Europe. It is here that one of the Earth’s tectonic plates is being ripped apart causing geological hazards including earthquakes. This rifting process is the focus of the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) Expedition 381 “Corinth Active Rift Development”. An international team of scientists will leave the port of Corinth on October 20th onboard the drilling vessel Fugro Synergy.


20 October 2017

African groundwater map
Resource development relies on geoscience data (‘geodata’). In Africa, access to useful geodata is often slow, expensive and unreliable. This discourages potential investors and leads to a slow rate of development. A pilot project is proposed in Uganda to create a Geoscience Data Portal to make ‘geodata’ freely available and stimulate economic development.


18 October 2017

Research ship
The UK has reaffirmed its commitment to future European and international collaboration on water at a groundwater meeting hosted by the British Geological Survey (BGS) in Nottingham today.


17 October 2017

3D model of the UK

The British Geological Survey (BGS) is delivering a £31m investment in two subsurface (underground) research field sites to deliver new geological evidence that will advance our understanding of the subsurface environment and underpin the development of new energy science.

The Cheshire Energy Research Field Site will attract world–leading geologists, engineers and other scientists to undertake energy–related research through close and long–term observation of the way that gases and fluids move around in the subsurface, within different rock types and between different rock layers (from depths of 25m down to 1,200m).



11 October 2017

BGS logo
Today, Sir Keith O’Nions has been announced as the first Chair to lead the new British Geological Survey (BGS) Board. The BGS Board has been created to assist the BGS meet future challenges and ensure it continues as a globally leading survey, delivering services and providing infrastructure support nationally and globally. The Chair and Board will work closely with the BGS Director and the Chief Executive of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) to shape BGS' successful future, with a particular focus in the short term on developing new funding and governance arrangements for BGS that will sustain it into the future. Sir Keith will take up post with immediate effect.


28 September 2017

Unearthed
Scientists are on a mission to rescue two million pieces of ‘lost’ weather data gathered more than 100 years ago by intrepid volunteers on Britain’s highest mountain.


7 September 2017