Geoffrey Kimbell

Mr Geoffrey Kimbell


Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3350

E-mail Geoffrey Kimbell


  •  1999 – ongoing : Continental margins research, including the Passive Margins Modelling Project, Irish Passive Margin Modelling Project, Rockall Consortium, Faroe-Shetland Consortium and NAG-TEC
  •  1993 –2010 : Investigation of the regional geophysics of the UK, including contributions to the Regional Geophysics CD series
  •  1988 –2008 : Geophysical support for BGS geological mapping
  •  2009 –2012 : UAE mapping project
  •  1997 –2001 : Urals research (international collaboration within the EUROPROBE project)
  •  1988 –1997 : Geophysical contributions to UK Nirex investigations.
  •  1985 –1988 : Investigation of the geothermal potential of the UK
  •  1981 –1985 : Molopo Farms Project (Botswana)
  •  1979 –1982 : Gravity survey of Great Britain
  •  1979 –1980 : Gravity survey of Lesotho
  •  1977 –1980 : UK Mineral Reconnaissance Programme
  •  1977 – ongoing : British Geological Survey (London and Keyworth)
  •  1972 –1975 : BSc (Hons), Environmental Sciences, University of Lancaster, UK

Current projects and collaboration

  • Faroe Shetland Consortium (in collaboration with the Faroese Geological Survey and supported by a group of 11 oil companies)
  • NAG-TEC (Tectonostratigraphic Atlas of the Northeast Atlantic). Involves collaboration between 8 geological survey organisations.
  • Investigation of the deep magnetic structure of the UK

Research interests

  • Structure and evolution of passive continental margins (particularly the NE Atlantic margin)
  • Regional crustal structure of the UK
  • Potential field (gravity and magnetic) interpretation
  • Geodynamics
  • Geothermal energy

Professional association

  •  1990 – ongoing : Fellow of the Geological Society, London


  • Geophysical modelling (particularly 3D potential field modelling)
  • Integrated seismic and potential field interpretation
  • GIS development and customisation
  • Web development (HTML, JavaScript)

Published outputs

Key papers

Kimbell, G S, Ritchie, J D, and Henderson, A F. 2010. Three-dimensional gravity and magnetic modelling of the Irish sector of the NE Atlantic margin. Tectonophysics, Vol. 486, 36-54.

Kimbell, G S, Young, B, Millward, D, and Crowley, Q G. 2010. The North Pennine batholith (Weardale Granite) of northern England: new data on its age and form. Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society, Vol. 58, 107-128.

Kimbell, G S, and Richards, P C. 2008. The three-dimensional lithospheric structure of the Falkland Plateau region based on gravity modelling. Journal of the Geological Society, London, Vol. 165, 795-806.

Kimbell, G S, Carruthers, R M, Walker, A S D, and Williamson, J P. 2006. Regional Geophysics of Southern Scotland and Northern England. Version 1.0 on CD-ROM. (Keyworth, Nottingham: British Geological Survey.)

Kimbell, G S, Ritchie, J D, Johnson, H, and Gatliff, R W. 2005. Controls on the structure and evolution of the NE Atlantic margin revealed by regional potential field imaging and 3D modelling. 933-945 in Petroleum Geology: North-West Europe and Global Perspectives - Proceedings of the 6th Petroleum Geology Conference. Doré, A G and Vining, B (editors). (London: The Geological Society.)

Kimbell, G S, Gatliff, R W, Ritchie, J D, Walker, A S D, and Williamson, J P. 2004. Regional three-dimensional gravity modelling of the NE Atlantic margin. Basin Research, Vol. 16, 259-278.

Kimbell, G S, Ayala, C, Gerdes, A, Kaban, M K, Shapiro, V A, and Menshikov, Y P. 2002. Insights into the architecture and evolution of the Southern and Middle Urals from gravity and magnetic data. 49-65 in Mountain Building in the Uralides: Pangea to the Present. Brown, D, Juhlin, C and Puchkov, V (editors). Geophysical Monograph of the American Geophysical Union, No. 132.

Kimbell, G S, and Quirk, D G. 1999. Crustal magnetic structure of the Irish Sea region: evidence for a major basement boundary beneath the Isle of Man. In Woodcock, N. H., Quirk, D. G., Fitches, W. R. & Barnes, R. P. (editors). 227-238 in In sight of the suture: the geology of the Isle of Man in its Iapetus Ocean context. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, No. 160.

Kimbell, G S, and Stone, P. 1995. Crustal magnetisation variations across the Iapetus Suture Zone. Geological Magazine, Vol. 132, 599-609.