Press releases and announcements are compiled and issued by the Press Office.
28 November 2013
NERC is funding research, skills and technologies, aimed at helping the oil and gas sector put environmental science at the heart of responsible management of our planet.
One of these initiatives includes an award of £2·8m to a consortium of institutes led by Heriot-Watt University to host a new Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT).
The centre will focus on creating a highly skilled workforce with expertise that can be used across the wider energy and environment sectors, as well as filling skills gaps in the oil and gas sector. This will equip the industry with the skills needed to reduce the environmental impact of oil and gas extraction.
The consortium includes world-leading institutes in this field, such as Imperial College London, the universities of Aberdeen, Durham, Manchester and Oxford, and the British Geological Survey (BGS).
Read the full NERC Press Release
15 November 2013
A unique satellite mission, launching on the 22nd November by the European Space Agency (ESA) will measure the Earth’s magnetic field, which stretches from the inner core to outer space, to an unprecedented accuracy. Immediate benefits will include improved navigation for smartphone maps and geological applications (such as drilling and mining) as well as gaining a more detailed understanding of space weather impacts on Earth. PDF 87 kB
5 November 2013
The Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts, today announced £100m of new NERC investment in 15 Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs), which specialise in training environmental science PhD students.
The DTPs will support 1200 PhD students across the 15 partnerships. This means at least 240 new students will begin training every year for five years, with the opportunity for partners to co-fund, boosting the number of studentships available.
The fifteen partnerships include collaborations between 38 UK higher education institutions and 280 partner organisations, including businesses, policy-makers, and public and third sector organisations, such as Unilever, Scottish Water, and The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).
Read the full NERC Press Release
31 October 2013
The British Geological Survey (BGS) and Heriot-Watt University are joining forces to create a new centre for earth and marine science and technology.
Based in Edinburgh, the Sir Charles Lyell Centre will be one of Europe's leading centres for research and expertise in the earth and marine sciences.
Jointly funded by UK and Scottish funders, Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Scottish Funding Council (SFC) and Heriot-Watt University, The Sir Charles Lyell Centre will promote innovative research at the core of geoscience, marine ecology, computing, mathematics and engineering.
The Lyell Centre will create a world-leading research cluster bringing science and technology together to tackle major issues of natural resource and energy supply in a responsible and sustainable way. PDF 220 kB
2 October 2013
The British Geological Survey is celebrating progress in a Government-led partnership to better understand risks to the UK from Iceland’s volcanoes this week by publishing a Cabinet Office-commissioned report online. The partnership involves leading scientists from the British Geological Survey, the Met Office, Leeds and Bristol universities, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, government departments and other agencies and academic institutes. It is part of work being led by the Cabinet Office to prepare for one of the highest impact natural hazards in the Government’s National Risk Assessment (NRA).
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27 September 2013
Scientists at the British Geological Survey (BGS) in Edinburgh will be opening the doors and manning their exhibits, experiments and displays at an open day on Saturday 28th September 2013. Murchison House, the Scottish HQ of the BGS, will be open to the public from 10am to 5pm as part of this year’s Doors Open Day in Edinburgh.
The interactive exhibits include a 3D augmented reality sandbox, tsunami safety demonstrations and a 2708 gallon pool that will allow visitors to pilot an underwater ‘Remotely Operated Vehicle’ (ROV). All visitors are encouraged to engage with our scientists, they’re keen to share knowledge and inspire excitement for the Earth Sciences. They also promise there’s no such thing as a stupid question!
23 September 2013
The British Geological Survey (BGS) celebrates the completion of its 40 year national geochemical field survey on the Isle of Wight tomorrow.
The groundbreaking G-BASE project has employed hundreds of volunteers and BGS staff to collect over 500,000 geochemical samples from 120,000 locations between the Shetland Islands and Land’s End.
This high-resolution information has been used to find gold, identify sources of dangerous radon gas and is fundamental to dealing with current societal impacts of environmental change such as water pollution and contaminated land. PDF 414 kB
12 September 2013
The Crown Estate and the British Geological Survey have launched a new online mapping tool for the CO2 Stored website www.co2stored.co.uk
. With the UK estimated to have one of the largest Carbon Dioxide (CO2) storage capacities in Europe, this website enables interested stakeholders to understand the role that Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) can play in supporting a diverse low-carbon, affordable and secure energy supply in the UK.
This upgrade improves access to information contained in CO2 Stored on storage sites under the UK seabed, enabling users to find out about storage locations, their characteristics and their storage capacity. Through search and display functions the data can be sorted in a number of ways, including by:
- geological formation
- name of hydrocarbon (oil or gas) production area
- key attributes about the geological storage such as porosity, injectivity, fracture pressures and storage risks
This is the latest step in a five year development programme providing definitive access to the data for industry, government and others interested in the prospects of storing CO2 around the UK. Launched in June 2013, plans for the second year of development are underway. Further dialogue with users from industry, academia and government will take place shortly to better understand their needs and identify further development opportunities. Additional feedback can be provided through www.co2stored.co.uk.
11 September 2013
Since the exceptionally wet summer of 2012 in the UK, the incidence of landslides has increased dramatically especially outside of the ‘landslides season’. New research by the British Geological Survey (BGS), presented at the 2013 British Science Festival in Newcastle, is showing that the increase in the number of landslides that occurred in 2012 is continuing in 2013. PDF 204 kB
22 August 2013
The British Geological Survey (BGS) along with Jisc is today launching the world’s first 3D Virtual Fossil Collection to the public at www.3d-fossils.ac.uk
. You can now browse and download thousands of 3D digital fossil models, plus several thousand quality images, many in 3D in the comfort of your own home. To celebrate the launch, we are running a free competition for the public at a number of museums around the country. Over the next three weeks, visitors are invited to spot the 3D-printed fossils amongst museum displays and enter a draw for VIP behind the scenes museum tours. The overall winner will also receive a tablet preloaded with 3D fossils. PDF 121 kB
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