Our geological surveys use the BGS·SIGMA workflow, and together with outputs from our research and data holdings, this underpins the geological products and services that we provide.
We provide information, expertise and advice about all aspects of geology for various customers and users.
Our impartial research informs other major stakeholders such as the groundwater industry, environmental organisations, the minerals industry, land-use planners, and the public.
Periods of abnormally high rainfall can result in groundwater flooding of basements and the emergence of groundwater at the ground surface, causing damage to property and infrastructure.
The BGS has one of the largest groups of scientists internationally researching groundwater flooding. This includes aspects such as the understanding of groundwater flooding mechanisms, modelling of groundwater flooding and the mapping of susceptible areas.
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Automated time lapse electrical resistivity tomography for monitoring embankments (ALERT-ME) is a two-year project undertaken by the BGS that began in April 2010. It is supported by the East Midlands Development Agency (emda) via the Single Programme fund.
This project seeks to advance the commercialisation of prototype ALERT technology as an early warning system for monitoring the physical integrity of vulnerable earth structures (e.g. embankments and cuttings) within the transport network
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Demand for gas in the UK is steadily increasing, North Sea gas reserves are declining and the UK has become a net importer of gas.
In order to meet demand in the future, energy exploration may be focused on our unconventional reservoirs, including shales (mudstones, claystones, and other fine-grained rocks).
More about BGS research on Shale gas
The results have been collated and appropriate notes added by the Gilmerton Core Move Advisory Group. For more information download the Feedback Review document. The BGS thanks all those who provided feedback.
The BGS Delivery Plan to 2014 describes the priority science and information activities through which BGS will address the six challenges of the BGS Science Strategy 2009-2014, and the strategic priorities that will inform detailed annual programme planning.
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Rock salt grit is vital for keeping our road traffic moving in icy weather. It is composed of the mineral halite (sodium chloride) and occurs in thick beds deep beneath parts of Cheshire, Yorkshire and Northern Ireland.
DiGMapGB-Plus provides a wide range of value-added geological data and information based on the digital geological map — DiGMapGB-50.
The primary goal for the project is to provide key characteristics of the geology of Great Britain, such as texture, structure, colour, mineralogy and engineering parameters in a way that is suitable for rapid deployment by non-geologists.
Data will be provided as a series of attributes that will be available to licence individually or as a personally selected a range of 'modules' to meet your requirements. The data is normally supplied as a single GIS layer of 'surface-geology' compiled from the combined bedrock and superficial layers of DiGMapGB-50.More about DiGMapGB-Plus
The BGS is actively involved in flood research and data provision for the UK. We have two programmes focusing on river and coastal flooding, and groundwater flooding. In addition, we are developing new research into pluvial flooding.
More on BGS flooding information
BGS·SIGMAmobile 2010 is the 2nd release of the BGS digital field data capture system designed to run on rugged tablet PCs with integrated GPS units.
BGS·SIGMAmobile 2010 consists of heavily customised versions of ArcMap 9.3.1 and MS Access 2003 or MS Access 2007.
We recommend an ArcEditor licence, however much of the functionality is achieved using an ArcView licence.
BGS·SIGMAmobile 2010 is available free for use by commercial and non-commercial organisations.
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The Iceland Meteorological Office reports that meltwater began flooding from the Grímsvötn glacial lake in Iceland on 29 October and discharge progressively increased through to 1 November.
This could signal that magma is rising beneath the volcano although as of 1 November there were no detectable signs of the beginning of a volcanic eruption.
More about Grímsvötn volcanic activity, Iceland
Rare earth elements play a vital and increasing role in a wide range of consumer electronics, in environmental technologies and in military applications.
Although rare earth deposits are known in several countries, production in recent years has been strongly concentrated in a very few locations.
In the light of this, and some issues relating to trade restrictions, there is considerable concern about the security of supply of these critical materials.
The BGS guide to Rare Earth Elements profiles their uses, geology, mining, processing and trade.
Product updates on Non-coal mining hazards, Superficial Deposits Thickness Model, Geological Indicators of Flooding, DiGMapGB-50k unique identifiers plus office news.
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The most recent landslides, September 2010, are located to the west of Blubberhouses in North Yorkshire along the A59 road.
Although the landslides did not encroach on the road surface, the A59 was closed between Blubberhouses and Raven's Peak while remediation work took place.
The BGS Landslide Response Team made a visit to the landslide on 30 September 2010 to investigate the failures. Information was collected for the BGS National Landslide Database and geological maps.
More about the Blubberhouses landslide