Dr Katherine Royse

Dr Katherine Royse

Science Director GeoAnalytics and Modelling

Location: BGS Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3456

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ORCID: 0000000156602615


Professor Katherine Royse holds a PhD in Anorthosite petrogenesis and emplacement from Keele University. Her research focuses on the development of novel methods and techniques to gain added-value from BGS’s data holdings; using a trans-disciplinary approach to produce models that explain, explore and predict the Earth’s response to natural or human induced environmental change. Most recently Katherine has lead on the implementation of lean management processes to data product and service development. In 2017 the directorate was recognised by the Praxisunico/RCUK Impact awards for its novel approach to innovation and commercialisation of geoscience information. Katherine is Secretary for professional matters of the Geological Society of London responsible for the promotion of professional excellence and ethical standards in earth sciences. Katherine also sits on NERCs Innovation Advisory board where she provides advice on how best to translate environmental knowledge and data into new value adding approaches, tools and solutions.


  • 2017 – ongoing : Honorary Professor Nottingham University
  • 2017 – ongoing : Secretary Professional Matters Geological Society of London
  • 2016 – ongoing : Member of the NERC Innovation Advisory Board
  • 2010 –2014 : NERC KE Fellow: Probability Uncertainty and Risk in the Environment
  • 2008 –2013 : Team Leader Derived Products
  • 2006 –2008 : Team Leader Urban Development


  • 2017 : Impact Award : KEC Team of the Year PraxisUnico
  • 2011 : Open MI Award 2011: Development of a simple catatrophe model for groundwater Flooding in the Berkshire Downs

Key papers

  • Royse, K.R., Hillier, J.K., Hughes, A., Kingdon, A.,Singh, A. & Wang, L. 2017. The potential for the use of model fusion techniques in building and developing catastrophe models. In: Riddick, A.T., Kessler, H. & Giles, J.R.A. (eds) Integrated Environmental Modelling to Solve Real World Problems: Methods, Vision and Challenges. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 408: 89-99
  • Royse, K. R. 2017. The Role of Geological Data in the SMART city Agenda. GIS Professional, V74: 25-27
  • Banks, V. J., Bricker, S. H., Royse, K. R., and Collins, P. E. F., 2015, Development of a Hazard Susceptibility Map for Drift-filled hollows in London. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, v. 48, no. 1, p. 55-70.
  • Royse, K. R., 2015. Key Challenges and Opportunities Facing the Geospatial Information Industry. AGI Foresight Report 2020. The Association for Geographic Information. p. 217-219
  • Hughes, R., Murray, V., and Royse, K.R., 2012 Data Sharing. Report produced for the Government Office for Science, Foresight project: Reducing Risks of Future Disasters: Priorities for Decision Makers. , Foresight, p. 26.
  • Royse, K.R., de Freitas, M., Burgess, W.G., Cosgrove, J., Ghail, R.C., Gibbard, P., King, C., Lawrence, U., Mortimore, R.N., Owen, H., and Skipper, J., 2012, Geology of London, UK: Proceedings of the Geologists' Association, v. 123, p. 22-45.
  • Royse, K.R., 2011. The Handling of Hazard Data on a National Scale: A Case Study from the British Geological Survey, Surveys in Geophysics, 32, 753-776.
  • Royse, K.R., 2010 Combining numerical and cognitive 3D modelling approaches in order to determine the structure of the Chalk in the London Basin, Computers and Geosciences 36, 500-511.
  • Dearden, R.A., Marchant, A., and Royse, K.R., 2013, Development of a suitability map for infiltration sustainatlbe drainage systems Environmental Earth Sciences.

Professional association

  • 2009 : Geological Society Chartered Scrutineer
  • 2004 : Science and Engineering Ambassador
  • 2002 : European Geologist (EurGeol)
  • 2001 : Chartered Geologist

Published outputs

Research interests

  • Environmental data innovation and commercalisation
  • Environmental modelling and parameterisation
  • Risk and vulnerability
  • Urban geoscience