The BGS Landslide Response Team received reports of two landslides on the east side of Whitby, North Yorkshire, following above average rainfall that affected most of the UK from April-November 2012.
On 28 November 2012, the media reported a landslide affecting a row of cottages on Aelfleda Terrace resulting in the demolition of five 100-year-old former jet workers cottages.More about the Whitby landslides
The BGS already has some information on methane in groundwaters for a number of UK aquifers, collected since the 1980s. The current survey began in 2012, with initial sampling campaigns in aquifers in Lancashire and Cheshire south Wales and Hampshire, Sussex and Kent.
The work will continue with sampling in Northern Ireland, Northumberland and Yorkshire. These areas have been selected as they have been identified as areas underlain by potential shale gas resources.More about Baseline methane survey of UK groundwaters
BGS· SIGMAmobile is a field data capture system designed to run on rugged tablet PCs with integrated GPS units, which also now has additional tools to clean the field linework to make professional quality map outputs.
For the third release of BGS· SIGMA we have integrated our BGS· SIGMAdesktop tools into BGS· SIGMAmobile to provide more of the functionality that BGS routinely uses to collect our data and then to produce map outputs.
We believe that this version is a major step forward in the functionality we are providing both in the field, and afterwards in the office when making maps.Download SIGMAmobile
BritGeothermal is a mechanism for technical collaboration and cooperation in geothermal research within the UK.
It aims to develop a greater understanding of UK geothermal resources and to research their exploitation so that geothermal energy can become part of the energy mix.
The principal objectives of BritGeothermal are:
The initial partners are the University of Glasgow, the British Geological Survey, the University of Durham and the University of Newcastle. It is hoped that as research projects develop others will join.More about BritGeothermal
In late October 2012, the relocation of UKCS cores from Gilmerton (Edinburgh) to the National Geoscience Data Centre Core Store, at Keyworth, was completed.
A core story plots the journey of core box S30000 all the way from its shelf in Gilmerton to its new home in Keyworth.
To celebrate its completion, of what has been a long and successful undertaking, we've created two videos to thank the staff at both sites for their dedication, effort and commitment to this relocationWatch A Core Story
Accessing Subsurface Knowledge (ASK) is an innovative subsurface data and knowledge exchange network between public and private sectors that is focused around Glasgow. ASK aims to improve the understanding of subsurface conditions via the free flow of data and knowledge that underpins successful construction and regeneration projects.
The ASK Network launch on 16 November 2012 was attended by delegates from local authorities, geotechnical and civil engineering consultancies and universities.Learn more about the ASK network and download the launch event presentations
This virtual borehole and section viewer allows you to drill virtual boreholes or draw virtual cross-sections through a geological model in five selected areas of the UK reflecting a range of geological settings.
This tool offers a glimpse into how geological models will be increasingly made accessible via web browsers without the need for additional software to be installed by the user.
Sample models available
Now available: Groundhog mobile
Groundwater temperatures are relatively stable at depths of 10-15 m below ground surface (approximating the annual air temperature at that location) and with further depths increase according to the geothermal gradient (UK average 3ºC per 100 m depth).
As a result, there is a temperature difference between above-ground (air) temperatures and below-ground (including groundwater) temperatures for most of the year, with the ground/groundwater being colder than air during summer and warmer than air during winter.
Ground source heat pump (GSHP) systems exploit this natural temperature difference for heating or cooling demands.
In open-loop systems, groundwater is abstracted at ambient temperature from the ground, passed through a heat pump before being re-injected back into the ground or discharged at the surface.
For buildings with heating/cooling demands of 100 kW or more (e.g. a large office building), such open-loop GSHPs can be more economic than closed-loop systems.
More about Open-loop ground source heat pumps (GSHP)