Mrs Anna Harrison

Mrs Anna Harrison

Applied Quaternary Scientist

Location: BGS Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3230

E-mail Mrs Anna Harrison


Anna is an Applied Quaternary Geoscientist and has worked at BGS for over 16 years, and is an established member of the “Shallow Geohazards and Risk” and “Geohazard Product Development” Teams. She is a key contributor to commercial and non-commercial projects and her work involves research utilising climatic and geological datasets, geohazard databases, GIS, field observations, aerial photography and expert Quaternary knowledge.


  • 2016 – ongoing : Skills Leader for the Engineering Geology and Infrastructure Directorate
  • 2014 – ongoing : Task leader, CHANGE (part of the Hazard Products Development Team)
  • 2007 –2013 : Task leader, Climate change and geohazards (part of the Shallow geohazards and risks Team)
  • 2001 –2003 : MSc Royal Holloway University of London, Quaternary Science
  • 2001 – ongoing : Quaternary Geoscientist, BGS, Keyworth
  • 1999 –2001 : Coastal Geology scientific support, BGS, Keyworth
  • 1994 –1997 : BSc (Hons) Lancaster University, Combined Science.


  • 2013 : Richardson Award (Geologists' Association)
  • 2012 : Lloyd's Science of Risk Prize. Runner up in the Climate Change category.

Current projects and collaboration

  • Geological mapping of Quaternary deposits
  • Science Communication
  • Researching satellite derived soil moisture data
  • Research into the impacts of climate change on UK geohazards such as the shrink swell properties of clays

Key papers

Professional association

  • 2004 –2012 : Fellow of the Geological Society, London
  • 2004 – ongoing : Member of Geological Society of Norfolk
  • 2002 – ongoing : Member of the Quaternary Research Association

Published outputs

  • Harrison, A M, Lee, K A, Holbrook, H W, Jones, L D., Freeborough, K A, Grebby, S. 2012b. Satellite derived soil moiture data and shrink swell research: Final report. British Geological Survey Internal Report OR/12/138.
  • Harrison, A M., Freeborough, K A, Lee, K A, Jones, L D, Bateson, L. 2011. Satellite derived soil moisture data and shrink swell research: A scoping report. British Geological Survey Internal Report IR/12/015.
  • Harrison, A,M., Plim, J. 2009. Geohazards & Climate Change: A shrink/swell GIS model. British Geological Survey Internal Report, IR/09/034. 27pp

Research interests