BGS own and operate a small 9 m survey catamaran called the White Ribbon. Its name refers to the data gap within the coastal zone where offshore data collection has been difficult. The vessel is being used to fill this gap, as its small size and draft allow survey operations to be undertaken in very shallow water depths. The boat has also been used in various lochs and lakes, with the aim to increase our understanding of what lies beneath the waves.
We are a partner in the Midlands Energy Consortium along with the Universities of Birmingham, Loughborough, Nottingham and Warwick. The Midlands Energy Consortium is a collaboration in energy research and training.
Diagnostic seismic toolbox for the efficient control of CO2 storage (DiSECCS) is developing non-invasive methods to monitor underground Carbon Dioxide storage sites. The seismic tools will identify pressure build-up related to injection of CO2, predict mechanical instability and verify site performance over large areas. Assisting in a better understanding of these key issues will help to instil wider public confidence in CO2 storage.
Geomatics is the science of gathering, storing, processing and delivering spatially related information. BGS has pioneered the use of ground-based (terrestrial) techniques for a variety of geoscientific applications since 1999.