Hazard products development

The hazard products team aims to develop new and innovative dataproducts that deliver geoscientific information to a range of users in an accessible form. The team aims to:

  • understand and provide relevant data for our users for the analysis of a range of geo-environmental problems
  • explore alternative and new methodologies with internal and external partners to develop pre-existing, or provide new and innovative, products and services
  • move towards multi-disciplinary data products, such as coastal information products, which will cover a range of hazards present around the coast of Great Britain
  • move towards the development of dynamic products, modelling factors such as impact, resilience, risk and uncertainty using numerical and stochastic techniques thus improving product and service quality and integrity
  • develop new and innovative ways to present our data, particularly looking at how to incorporate near real-time data, dynamic process models and 3D geological models and data


CHANGE Climatic hazards and natural geological events (CHANGE)
Climate change is an increasingly important issue affecting us all. This research focusses on the potential effects of climate change on subsidence, and how tools for future scenario forecasting can aid planning and development.
CVI Coastal vulnerability index (CVI)
Coastal vulnerability indexing is a GIS-based analysis tool for indicating multi-hazards and interdependencies within the coastal zone of the UK.
Domesday Domesday
The Domesday project is based on the philosophy of the Domesday Book, the great survey of land and livestock in 1086, and analogously aims to provide a geological 'survey' of the value of land and the potential impact of development.
Lights on Pier - Stock Image © istock.com Energy
Energy product development is currently focussing on total organic content and vitrinite reflectance. These products provide information to support identification of potential resource targets for shale gas prospectivity. Uses of the data include hydrocarbon exploration and academic research relating to exploration and production of shale gas.
Geochemical hazards Geochemical hazards
The geochemical hazard datasets include radon potential and soil chemistry for environmental assessments.
GIRP Ground instability risk profiler (GIRP)
The ground instability risk profiler (GIRP) project aims to assess the technical feasibility and commercial viability of creating a service for the insurance industry that will allow the better understanding of the risks associated with ground instability issues.
Ground stability hazards Ground stability hazards
The six most prevalent ground stability hazards active in Great Britain include landslides, shrink-swell clay, soluble ground, compressible ground, collapsible ground and running sands. These are provided as the BGS GeoSure GIS datasets.
Hydro domains Hydro-domains
An important factor in assessing hydrogeologcial hazards, such as groundwater vulnerability, is through a domains approach. Our national-scale hydro-domains will provide a useful tool for a wide range of uses.
Mining hazardMining hazards

Mining hazards considers the long and varied legacy of underground extraction of minerals in Great Britain. Previous research has produced the spatial extent of non-coal mining but current collaboration with The Coal Authority on a new joint product will integrate coal, delivering a new more comprehensive coverage of past mining activity.

Vulnerability, impact and temporal products

The vulnerability, impact and temporal products project aims to enhance the effective communication of BGS's geological hazard science and its relevance to decision makers and society through the derivation of new tools and information products and services.


Contact Kathryn Lee for more information.