A new multibeam bathymetric survey was undertaken in Windermere in September 2010; further fieldwork was carried out in June 2011 and April 2012, including the collection of sediment samples from the lake bed and underwater video. These surveys were reported in 2012 — Windermere: lake environment and glacial history.
In an effort to help protect the UK National Grid from space weather, scientists from the British Geological Survey (BGS) are carrying out the first programme of long-term continuous measurement of the background electric field.
To better understand when and how these electric currents form and flow, the British Geological Survey (BGS) is now making measurements of the ground electric field at three sites in the UK (Shetland, the Scottish Borders and Devon) - the first long-term continuous measurements of this kind in the UK.
Monitoring the electric field will help BGS to predict the electric field across the entire UK, which will be used to better understand the impacts of space weather on our technology.
A new biographical resource in the ‘Discovering geology’ section of the BGS website. ‘Pioneers of the British Geological Survey’ is a series of web pages, one page per staff member, giving a fascinating insight into the careers of the members of staff who served in the organisation during the first hundred years of its existence.
The resource draws upon the research of Miss Eileen Guppy, the first female geologist in the Survey, who later became a scientific assistant to the Director Sir John Flett. Her work has been enhanced with additional amendments and updated information, including obituaries, biographies, photographs and sample signatures.
The petrological thin sections (microscope slides) are being imaged (plane and cross polarized light) and progressively linked to the BGS Rock Collections, mineralogy and petrology collection, database. Currently about 100 000 Scottish thin sections are available (S & N registration series). 75 000 English and Welsh thin sections (E registration series) will be added in due course.
The concept of an Environment Modelling Platform (EMP) was a radical change for BGS when it was included as a goal in 2009 - 2014 strategy. It highlighted the necessity for making all BGS science and data accessible both internally in BGS and to the users of our science. Such a platform would make BGS research, knowledge and data more relevant to a world desperate to solve problems of environmental conflict, mitigate hazards, adapt to change and develop resources sustainably.
On 15 May, 25 BGS map layers (harvested from BGS web services) were added to Scotland’s Environment Web portal along with an additional 74 from other contributing organisations, to provide a comprehensive gateway to Scotland's environmental data.
This further collaboration between BGS and Scotland's Environment Web is a significant step in the continuing drive for open access delivery of information to support successful management and understanding of our natural environment.
The Nigerian Geochemical Mapping Project was funded by the World Bank through the Nigerian Sustainable Management of Mineral Resources Project (SMMRP) to give technical assistance to the Nigerian Geological Survey Agency (NGSA) to carry out a national programme of geochemical mapping.
The BGS’s international geological activities, now renamed as BGS Global Geoscience, have been a cornerstone of BGS work for more than a century this magazine provides an opportunity to highlight the continuing breadth of BGS overseas applied research and survey.
This 3D geological model, built by the British Geological Survey, helped the Environment Agency to develop a much better conceptual model of the aquifer between Hull and Flamborough Head, leading to a better informed groundwater management strategy for the area.
Scans of all BGS one-inch hand-coloured maps issued between 1835 and 1905 have now been released on OpenGeoscience for viewing. They include the very first maps compiled by the founder of the Survey, Sir Henry De la Beche, and cover all maps issued before colour printing was introduced. They are accompanied by the colourful horizontal sections that criss-cross the whole country and the interesting ‘Index to colours’ which show how the stratigraphy has developed over time.
The European Plate Observing System (EPOS) is the integrated solid earth sciences research infrastructure (RIs) approved by the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI). EPOS is a long-term integration plan of national existing RIs.
The EPOS Infrastructures Preparatory Phase is a research infrastructure and e-science for data and observatories on earthquakes, volcanoes, surface dynamics and tectonics.