Water resources and groundwater

River flowing through a lowland catchment in southern England

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 studies are supported by numerical modelling, and all of our work is underpinned by our substantial geological and groundwater data and information holdings.

Forecast for groundwater Levels – Hydrological Outlook UK

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.

More about Hydrological Outlook UK, including the latest forecast.

Regional groundwater studies

As part of the BGS strategic focus on the Thames Basin, our scientists have been researching the hydrogeological controls on the groundwater and surface water resources of the Thames Basin.

The BGS have prepared a series of hydrogeological reviews of regional aquifers, including the Chalk aquifer of the following regions

Other regional reports include:

The Clyde Urban Super Project includes research into groundwater in the Clyde valley.

Data on groundwater resources

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 drought

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

Contact Dr John Bloomfield for further information.