Dr David Beamish

Dr David Beamish

Team Leader \- Regional Geophysics

Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3432

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  •  1977 – ongoing : BGS (Edinburgh and Keyworth)
  •  1976 : NERC Research Fellow, University of York.
  •  1976 : PhD, Geophysics, University of Lancaster (A geomagnetic deep sounding array study of East Africa).
  •  1972 : BA (Hons), First Class, Physics, University of York.

Professional association

  • European Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society (Assistant Editor)
  • External Ph.D. examiner: University of Edinburgh, University of Leicester, Imperial College, University of Aarhus (Denmark).
  • Journal of Applied Geophysics (Editorial Board)
  • Near-surface Geophysics (EAGE, Editorial Board)
  • Society of Exploration Geophysicists (Professional Active Member)
  •  2004 –2005 : EAGE Distinguished Lecturer

Current projects and collaboration

  • Bedrock conductivity map of the UK and Northern Ireland.
  • Continuous measurement of peat distributions and water saturations in soils
  • Geomagnetic induced currents in the UK national grid
  • Quality control in airborne surveys
  • Wetland studies (with Environment Agency)


  • Airborne geophysics
  • Near-surface geophysical methods
  • Geophysical algorithms (software)
  • EM modelling and inversion
  • Geophysical theory and technique development

Published outputs

Key papers

KURAS, O, BEAMISH, D, MELDRUM, P I, and OGILVY, R D. 2006. Fundamentals of the capacitive resistivity technique. Geophysics, Vol. 71, G135-G152.

Beamish, D. and White, J.C., 2011. Aeromagnetic data in the UK: a study of the information content of baseline and modern surveys across Anglesey, North Wales. Geophysical Journal International, 184, 171-190.

Beamish, D. and White, J.C., 2012. Mapping and predicting electrical conductivity variations across southern England using airborne electromagnetic data. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, 45, 99-110. doi: 10.1144/1470-9236/11-026.

Beamish, D., 2013. Gamma ray attenuation in the soils of Northern Ireland, with special reference to peat. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 115, 13-27.