Press releases

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

Hand dug well site
Installing more boreholes to tap underground water will improve rural Ethiopian communities' resilience to drought, according to a new report.

23 August 2019

British Geological Survey (BGS)
New research from the University of Nottingham, supported by the British Geological Survey (BGS) and published in Nature Communications, has found through new, innovative techniques that resources within the Bowland Shale Formation could be lower than first thought.

20 August 2019

Rear Admiral Tim Lowe, CBE visits the Lyell Centre
The British Geological Survey (BGS) was proud to welcome Rear Admiral Tim Lowe, CBE to the Lyell Centre in Edinburgh on 15 August 2019.

16 August 2019

Scientists from the UK and Norway have produced a 160,000 year timeline of methane emissions from the Arctic seabed and linked them to changing ice volumes in the Arctic.

9 August 2019

Open data
The UK Geoenergy Observatories will be world-leading research facilities, opening up our understanding of the world beneath our feet as never before. Based in Cardiff, Cheshire and Glasgow, they will be scientific test beds in three locations that have very different geological characteristics. Together they will create a ‘macroscope of the Earth’. Experiments carried out by earth scientists at the observatories could help address some of the world’s biggest energy challenges and understand the potential risks of geoenergy — and how to avoid them.

30 July 2019

Open data
Geoscientists have launched an open data source from a world-first network of observatories investigating the underground, designed to put scientific evidence into the heart of decision making on the natural environment.

30 July 2019

Eskdalemuir Observatory
The Eskdalemuir Observatory, a centre for geophysical and meteorological measurement that has been collecting data for over 100 years, has now received special status from the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO).

19 July 2019

Section of the Cheshire Plain

Britain's ancient valleys now uncovered

Beneath the surface of Great Britain are hundreds of ancient buried valleys, which have now been mapped for the first time by the British Geological Survey (BGS).

The buried valleys occur across Britain, from a 162m deep valley in Grangemouth, Scotland, to a 22km long valley under Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire and a 50m deep valley under Swansea.

12 July 2019

Karen Hanghoj
Today, it was announced that Karen Hanghøj will take up the role of Director of the British Geological Survey (BGS) from October 2019.

3 July 2019

The Lyell Centre
Akvaplan-niva has visited the Lyell Centre, a strategic partnership between British Geological Survey (BGS) and Heriot-Watt University (HWU).

13 June 2019