We carry out an integrated programme of mapping, testing, monitoring and modelling to describe the physical properties of the UK landmass and how it behaves in a changing climate. This is a cornerstone in our work to help society cope with climate change and population growth.
Crucial to our research is ongoing work to improve the ways in which we communicate this important information to government, industry and the general public.
Characterising UK rock and soil formations in terms of their lithological and engineering properties.
Leading-edge technology for non-invasive geoelectrical imaging of the shallow subsurface. Our ALERT technology permits complex earth systems and processes to be monitored remotely using permanent ‘in situ’ sensor networks and wireless telemetry.
Landslides, National Landslide Database, flooding, ground shrinkage, caves and soluble rocks, National Karst Database, subsidence, hazard reduction technology.
3D characterisation of the ground beneath towns and cities and its interaction with utilities, infrastructure and people. 3D geological modelling of the shallow subsurface: artificial ground, infiltration for sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) and impacts of land use.
The BGS has played a leading role in building an inventory of landslides and advising on the associated hazards following the M7.8 Ecuador earthquake on 16th April 2016.
Following the M7.8 Gorkha earthquake in Nepal on 25th April 2015, the UK played a leading role building an inventory of landslides and advising on the associated hazards.
Contact Dr. Helen Reeves for more information.