Press releases

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

14 mile landslide NH 55, Darjeeling

The BGS has signed memoranda of understanding (MoU) alongside King’s College London (KCL) with the Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Amrita). The three institutions will be collaborating on landslide research activities that will mutually benefit India and the UK.

The main aim is to develop regional thresholds for landslide warnings from the real-time data of Amrita’s field deployments in the Himalayas and the Western Ghats.

23 May 2019

BGS Edinburgh Open Day

Scientists from the British Geological Survey (BGS) will be introducing people of all ages to the depths of our research and knowledge at the Edinburgh Science Festival next week.

During the day on Tuesday 16 April, a team of BGS geologists, seismologists, volcanologists, marine geoscientists, informatics experts and more, will host a drop-in event at the festival, called 'Delving Into The Deep'. A wide range of creative, hands-on activities will be on offer to help children and adults better understand the work that we do in the UK and around the world.

11 April 2019

NEIF laboratory

Five of the UK’s leading research institutions — the British Geological Survey (BGS), the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC), the University of Bristol, the University of Oxford and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) — have joined forces to create a new national isotope facility.

The new facility, which includes laboratories across the UK, will drive advances in the earth and environmental sciences, spanning 4.6 billion years of earth system evolution. Research conducted through the National Environmental Isotope Facility (NEIF) will focus on a wide range of earth processes, from earthquakes and ecosystem function to human evolution and climate change.

NEIF is funded by the UK Research and Innovation and the Natural Environment Research Council (UKRI-NERC), and will streamline how the UK’s earth and environmental research community accesses some of the most cutting-edge analytical instrumentation, expertise and training available.

11 April 2019

Ocean image
The volcano, Anak Krakatau (‘Child of Krakatoa’) located between Java and Sumatra collapsed in December 2018, causing a devastating tsunami which killed hundreds of people, displacing tens of thousands more living on the coasts of Indonesia. Recent scientific research has found that the tsunami was caused by an eruption-triggered landslide generated as the volcano collapsed into the Sunda Strait.

9 April 2019

The Lyell Centre

The Liberal Democrat politician for Orkney Islands, who is also a member of the Scottish Parliament’s Cross-Party Group for Science and Technology, and Convenor of the Cross-Party Group on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, was greeted by Dr Tracy Shimmield, Director of the Lyell Centre.

28 February 2019

Borehole drilling

Granite from Cornwall will be examined by UK scientists as part of a £1.8 million project in order to help the country increase its use of geothermal energy.

Cornwall’s heat-producing granite has already made the area a hotbed for geothermal exploration. In late 2018, drilling began at the £18m United Downs project near Redruth, where engineers hope there could be enough resource to provide electricity for 3000 homes.

Now, scientists from the British Geological Survey (BGS), Heriot-Watt University (HWU) and the Camborne School of Mines at Exeter University will work with industrial partners Geothermal Engineering Limited, GeoScience, and Computer Modelling Group, together with the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership on a new project that will give south west England and the wider UK the knowledge it needs to harness the abundant geothermal energy beneath its surface.

Further information on BGS geothermal research:

Geothermal energy - what is it?

19 February 2019


Some of the world’s finest geoscientists from both sides of the Atlantic have joined forces to set a course for scaling up the world’s ability to decarbonise its energy supply. The move follows a two-day workshop coordinated in partnership with the UK Science & Innovation Network, the Natural Environment Research Council, the British Geological Survey, and the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute at the University of Colorado.

During the workshop held in Boulder, Colorado, some 30 researchers, funding agents, policy-makers and regulators pooled their expertise to explore how geoscientists can accelerate the transition to environmentally safe and affordable energy production.

12 February 2019

3D geology of the UK
The UK's geology can now be explored in the third dimension with the release of free-to-access regional models by the British Geological Survey (BGS). This new suite of geological visualisation models shine a light into the underground, allowing you to learn about your world and see the places you know from a new angle.

5 February 2019

Quito, capital of Ecuador sits on the side of an active volcano.
Over 50 per cent of the world's population lives in cities. In low-to-middle income countries, more than two billion city dwellers face the threat of floods, earthquakes, landslides, volcanoes and other natural hazards. By 2050 this figure is expected to double as cities grow and climate change increases the likelihood of extreme weather. The majority of this urban area is yet to be built and this provides a unique window of opportunity to plan disaster risk out of tomorrow’s cities.

The British Geological Survey (BGS) is a research partner in a new £20 million project aiming to do just that. The UKRI GCRF Urban Disaster Risk Hub is a five-year venture aiming to embed disaster risk management into the urban planning of four cities across the world by integrating resilience against extreme events.

29 January 2019

Dr Tracy Shimmield
Dr Tracy Shimmield has been appointed to the position of Lyell Centre Director. Dr Shimmield, who already holds the position of British Geological Survey Co-Director of the Lyell Centre, has been appointed to the matching university role of Heriot-Watt University Co-Director which will create a single Lyell Centre Director. Dr Shimmield will start this post on 1st February 2019.

11 January 2019