Press releases

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


Anton Dohrn Seamount
The BGS has released a wealth of information on the geology of the sea bed around the UK. These data are available to download for free, accompanied by viewable maps, and will be a valuable resource for companies, researchers and decision makers in their work to ensure sustainable developments of the marine environment. The information comprises geophysical data representing 800,000 kilometres of the geology of the UK marine environment.


23 March 2016

The Lyell Centre
The British Geological Survey (BGS) in Scotland has moved! BGS Scotland is now based at The Lyell Centre, on the Heriot-Watt university campus in Edinburgh. Two major new buildings provide large open plan offices for staff, a major new marine operation and engineering facility, the national collection of Scottish rocks and fossils together with laboratories and workshops to support the science programmes.


23 March 2016

BGS roundel
Scientists at the British Geological Survey (BGS) have today published ground breaking research that will reduce the risk of earthquakes and borehole damage caused by fracking.


1 March 2016

Burj Khalifa, Dubai
The evidence for a new geological epoch which marks the impact of human activity on the Earth is now overwhelming according to a recent paper by an international group of geoscientists. The Anthropocene, which is argued to start in the mid-20th Century, is marked by the spread of materials such as aluminium, concrete, plastic, fly ash and fallout from nuclear testing across the planet, coincident with elevated greenhouse gas emissions and unprecedented trans-global species invasions.


8 January 2016

3D UK map
The BGS is set to play a crucial role in the next step towards the transformation of the UK’s energy sector after the Government confirmed £60m investment for the Energy Research Accelerator (ERA). The investment is backed by a further £120 million from the private sector and Midlands Innovation universities. Professor Mike Stephenson, said: “The BGS is pleased to be involved in this transformative initiative to develop energy technology research in the Midlands."


26 November 2015

Water overflow due to flooding
Atkins has today signed an agreement launching a Centre for Research and Innovation with the University of Birmingham, Imperial College London, and the British Geological Survey, which aims to tackle the economic and environmental impacts of groundwater infiltration on urban infrastructure in the UK.


28 October 2015

BGS Open Day 2013
On Sunday the 18th October the British Geological Survey (BGS) are going to Dynamic Earth and bringing a host of interactive displays and activities to showcase the amazing diversity of the work they do. Come and meet the BGS scientists who research volcanoes, earthquakes, the oceans, polar environments and other exciting areas of science. It will be a fun packed day with something for rock lovers of all ages and levels of interest.


16 October 2015

ASK Network

Last month saw the launch of the Accessing Subsurface Knowledge (ASK) Network, the first exchange network for subsurface environmental data in Wales with the goal of reducing the costs for construction firms and planners caused by unforeseen ground conditions.



8 October 2015

Goldeneye platform
The Goldeneye reservoir in the North Sea has been independently verified as suitable for the safe storage of carbon dioxide from an Aberdeenshire power station.


14 September 2015

SCCS logo
The secure and permanent storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) within a single geological storage formation can be optimised by injecting CO2 at more than one point simultaneously, according to results from an innovative study of rocks beneath the UK North Sea.


10 September 2015