We improve the understanding of groundwater resources through regional studies of basins and aquifers, carrying out research into all aspects of groundwater flow, recharge and discharge processes.
Our groundwater resources in the UK web pages include beautiful infographics which are available for you to use. We have described the current role of groundwater for public supply in the UK and taken a look at the pressures and impacts to our groundwater resources to 2040. We also describe how groundwater exploitation has developed over time.
Working with partners, the BGS produces a monthly forecast of groundwater levels across most of the principal aquifers in the UK for either one or three months into the future.
Our recently published report, Scotland's aquifers and groundwater bodies, provides an up to date overview of Scotland’s aquifers, their hydrogeology and baseline groundwater chemistry. It also gives an introduction to groundwater and groundwater management in Scotland, and describes the process of delineating groundwater bodies, which are the basis of groundwater management in Scotland under the Water Framework Directive. The report, published in 2015, was written jointly by BGS and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).
We have prepared a series of hydrogeological reviews of regional aquifers, including the Chalk aquifer of the following regions
Other regional reports include:
BGS have extensive data holdings related to groundwater resources. Please go to our groundwater data and information to find out more about what is available.
Groundwater is relatively resiliant at times of drought, but can also be at risk if aquifers are not replenished. Find out more about groundwater drought and BGS drought-related research including the 2012 drought and groundwater levels
Contact Dr John Bloomfield for further information.