Press releases

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

Prof John Rees

Professor John Rees has been appointed by the British Geological Survey (BGS) to be its new Chief Scientist for Multi-Hazards and Resilience.

10 January 2020

If you’ve ever wondered how Santa visits millions of homes across the globe in just one night, it’s because he has a little help from science. And the good news is, he won’t get lost on his travels this year - provided that he follows his compass home.

19 December 2019

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December 2019 marks a decade since the British Geological Survey (BGS) launched OpenGeoscience, an online portal which has made a vast array of open UK geological data searchable and more accessible for everyone to use.

4 December 2019

Cardiff Urban Geo Observatory

Natural water in the ground below us could be used as a low-carbon heat source in many UK towns and cities, new research from the British Geological Survey (BGS) says. The public research body is now calling for more research to understand how geothermal technologies could be scaled up across the UK.

22 October 2019

Dr Karen Hanghøj

The British Geological Survey (BGS) is set to welcome Dr Karen Hanghøj this week, as she prepares to mark her permanent start in the UK with attendance at the AAPG Energy Transition (ET) Forum on Wednesday (16th October).

14 October 2019

Lyell Centre
Robots, marine creatures and dinosaurs will all be featuring at Doors Open Day at the Lyell Centre in Edinburgh on Saturday 28 September 2019.

24 September 2019

Plattform Leicher Kopie

Mud taken from deep within Europe’s oldest lake is helping scientists understand how Mediterranean rainfall has varied over the past 1.4 million years, and how it could change in the future.

16 September 2019


The angle a compass needle makes between true north and magnetic north is called declination. As the magnetic field changes all the time, so does declination at any given location. For the past few hundred years in the UK, declination has been negative, meaning that all compass needles have pointed west of true north.

The line of zero declination, called the agonic, is moving westward at a present rate of around 20 km per year. By September 2019, for the first time since around 1660, the compass needle will point directly to true north at Greenwich, London, before slowly turning eastwards.

30 August 2019

Glasgow geothermal
The only way the UK can reach its target of net zero emissions by 2050 is by taking a better look below the surface, say experts from the British Geological Survey (BGS) and geologists from across the UK.

29 August 2019

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The British Geological Survey has shown that groundwater resources may have a significant role in securing future water resources under conditions of climate change.

29 August 2019