Press releases

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

A team of scientists from the British Geology Survey (BGS) has won Team of the Year at the Praxis Unico Impact Awards 2017 aimed at recognizing knowledge exchange and commercialization professionals. The award was received by BGS’s GeoAnalytics and Modelling Directorate as a result of their consistent excellence in adding value to the vast datasets held by the BGS in addition to building relationships and overcoming challenges.

20 June 2017

The British Geological Survey (BGS) and the UK Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) are pleased to announce the release of the 21st Century Exploration Roadmap (21CXRM) Palaeozoic Project, aiming to improve the knowledge and data from the underexplored Palaeozoic petroleum systems of the North Sea and Greater Irish Sea.

18 April 2017

Volcanic activity on Montserrat
Some of the world’s leading volcanologists and geothermal engineers have signed up to a US$100m magma drilling project in a bid to help protect millions of people, towns and cities across the world from volcano disasters; and to make a strategic step in scaling up the use of geothermal energy.

7 April 2017

Seismic trace
A seismologist from the British Geological Survey (BGS) and another from the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology in Italy (INGV) met with Prince Charles in Amatrice today. The scientists were among the international team that updated him on the on-going collaboration and reconstruction efforts since the earthquake struck in August last year.

4 April 2017

African groundwater map
The British Geological Survey, in partnership with African Union Commission (AUC) and the Uganda Chamber of Mines and Petroleum (UCMP), organised a two-day workshop at the Imperial Resort Beach Hotel, Entebbe, Uganda, under the theme, “A New Beginning: a collaborative partnering approach towards African geodata”. The workshop attracted key stakeholders from across Africa in order to examine innovative ways in which geoscientific data (geodata) can be generated, managed and used to contribute to social and economic structural transformation, wealth creation, and poverty reduction.

30 March 2017

Scientists from the British Geological Survey and NRM Laboratories have found a novel way of using soil data to assess soil fertility. Maps show that the pattern of more acidic soils — which can reduce soil fertility — increasingly reflect geology and typical rainfall patterns across England and Wales. In recent years, less agricultural lime has been added to farmers’ fields to neutralise soil acidity.

10 March 2017

Water overflow due to flooding
The UK has had less rainfall than usual over the winter, and the south and south-east have been particularly dry meaning that the risk of a drought is increased. New maps published by the British Geological Survey (BGS) illustrate that people in the south and south-east of England are especially reliant on groundwater for their water supply and this provides some resilience to drought. However, groundwater levels are much lower than normal for this time of year and so the importance of managing and protecting groundwater is becoming critical.

7 March 2017

Durdle Door
Scientists from the British Geological Survey (BGS) and University of Southampton have published a seamless onshore-offshore bedrock geology map of the eastern half of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.

1 February 2017


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