Repurposing for emergency service usage (REScUe)

Examples of the types of geohazards considered in REScUe.

The BGS already provides a number of scientific data products for a range of uses from identifying potential geohazards (GeoSure) to assessing the potential of a construction site in terms of its engineering characteristics (BGS Civils). However, for specific applications such as emergency service planning, these datasets are less useful and often require a degree of interpretation.

The occurrence of a geohazard — for example, a landslide, groundwater flooding or the development of a sinkhole — can have a range of consequences and implications. These events often require the attention of a range of services to deal with them effectively and mitigate the development of further issues. By providing repurposed datasets on a hazard-by-hazard basis, these new products will enable more effective and cross-collaborative emergency response planning where geohazard events are involved.

Emergency planning

As part of the Civil Contingencies Act of 2004, which established a framework for local to national emergency planning and response, a number of national local resilience forums (LRFs) were set up as a requirement. These LRFs bring together Category 1 and 2 responders in different areas and enable different service providers to collaborate, share data and collectively plan for a range of emergency scenarios.

To assist with this, Mapping for Emergencies (MfE) has also been developed allowing various organisations, including the Ordnance Survey and the BGS, to share their data to assist in times of need.

Project REScUe

This is where Project REScUe — repurposing for emergency service usage — steps in. We are carefully repurposing some of our geohazard datasets in collaboration with various Category 1 and 2 emergency responders, as well as other service providers, to ensure that the data we provide can be as specific, transparent and applicable to a given emergency planning situation as possible. The output datasets are being redesigned so that the information held within can effectively be incorporated into LRF planning strategies, with a focus on the potential consequences that might be expected should a given geohazard occur.

All datasets will eventually be available through the Civil Contingencies Secretariat's Resilience Direct portal and be freely available for emergency planning use in line with the Public Data Mapping Agreement.


Contact Chris Williams for more information or to get involved.