UK Geoenergy Observatories informatics platform

Data model

The UK Geoenergy Observatories informatics platform (hereafter referred to as 'the informatics platform') will provide the infrastructure necessary to collect, transmit and store data from the field as well as provide researchers with the necessary tools to discover, access and process such data. It will:

  • allow data (real-time or otherwise) collected in the field to be streamed back to scientists and/or web portals
  • store scientific data in bespoke databases
  • facilitate re-use and sharing of scientific data between scientists
  • allow for expansion as demand requires (e.g. allowing data from new experiments to be streamed to the portal)
  • be supported long-term by BGS data and system management
  • provide access to new NERC facilities such as a suite of state-of-the-art core scanners

Access to near real-time environmental baseline data

The informatics platform will initially be utilised to transmit near real-time data from environmental monitoring sensors to scientists, businesses and the public through web-based delivery channels. This data will characterise the subsurface around the research facility before any scientific experiments take place. Early examples of this functionality can be seen in existing BGS websites:

Sensor architecture

Once research commences, scientists will be able to use this infrastructure to transmit continuous data from their experiments back to the laboratory. Data will be presented publicly via dedicated data portals, providing audience-tailored views including spatial and temporal visualisations as well as search, query and download tools. The portals will be developed in advance of the baseline monitoring taking place so that they can be launched as soon data streams from the field go live. Links to these new facilities will be published on the BGS website and in other appropriate communication channels.

Access to site characterisation and scientific data

In addition to temporal data streams, the informatics platform will provide public access to other key datasets including, but not limited to:

  • borehole data such as physical samples, imagery and geophysical analysis
  • 2D maps and 3D models of geological properties and structures
  • remote-sensing data
  • laboratory analysis results
  • numerical models of fluid-flow processes
  • immersive visualisations of diverse datasets

The informatics platform will also provide long-term storage of scientific data collected at the site.


Carl Watson would be delighted to discuss how the data acquisition and dissemination functionality of the informatics platform could support research and public communication.