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.
More about Groundwater flooding
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
More about ALERT-ME
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.
Download the BGS Delivery Plan to 2014