The health of both humans and ecosystems is intimately linked to the natural environment. The relationships are complex and require interdisciplinary approaches to the development of understanding of the processes and mitigation of the problems. It is increasingly clear that environmental impacts on humans and ecosystems concern processes that span the biological and geological sciences. BGS has been involved in developing state-of-the-art laboratory methods to investigate various aspects of the geochemical, physico-chemical and biochemical interactions that provide a toolbox of methodologies for use in health and ecosystem research.
These methodologies include:
Using G-BASE geochemical data to estimate environmental activities of radionuclides and dose to organisms.
Ecosystem services concepts have potential to link biogeochemistry, health and policy formulation as a tool for poverty alleviation.
Iodine is essential for health and is taken up by crops from the soil. Current research shows that the soil itself has an important part to play in determining how much iodine reaches our food.
Analysis of arsenic species in worms, toenails and soils provides new insights into environmental exposure to arsenic in a metal-mined area of the UK.