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BGS Data and services

How BGS can help your business

As a world-leading geoscience organisation BGS hold extensive knowledge and expertise. Our vast collection of geoscience data, geological information, reports and datasets can support your business requirements. Furthermore, from surveys and field mapping to models and expert advice, onshore, offshore in the UK and around the world, we design specific projects to address your challenges. BGS value all of our stakeholders and will work with you to understand your requirements and build lasting partnerships.  

BGS is a data-rich organisation with over 400 datasets in its care. Many of these can be downloaded or viewed from our data pages. Others are available under licence for use within your own business or for you to use in the development of commercial application or product. Please see our dataset listing  for more information of what’s available.

BGS GeoIndex  is a map-based index showing a selection of BGS onshore and offshore data.

  • The onshore data index includes boreholes, collections, geology, geochemistry, geophysics, flooding, ground stability, earthquakes and other datasets held by BGS.
  • The offshore information index includes (not limited to) boreholes, seabed samples, geology and geophysics datasets, bathymetry and seabed and sediment data.

BGS publishes specialist maps and reports on the geological, geophysical and resources of the UK and several other countries, via its online shop. The shop also runs a service creating bespoke reports and maps specific to your area.

Many of our maps and publications are also available to view for free online via our publication viewer and map portal.

GeoReports provides cost-effective access to unique sources of published and unpublished geological data, combined with expert advice from BGS scientists.

If you are interested in ground conditions for drilling, investigation or house purchase or if you are concerned about subsidence or Radon then GeoReports can help you.

With the use of extensive knowledge and expertise, we can provide services to support your organisation through projects designed to address your specific question or challenge.  We use our full range of skills and services from geological mapping, 2D, 3D, and 4D modelling, evidence review and analysis, laboratory testing, real time monitoring, digital workflows and earth observation to work with you.

We deliver projects across the whole of the UK, and have an extensive international profile, both on-shore and off-shore.

We work with both the public and private sector, our public task is delivered through our core funding and we are also commissioned to deliver specific programmes and projects for all levels of government and public bodies.

For example, we can provide:

Expert advice and information

Expert advice and information in the form of succinct to substantive reports, peer review papers, policy briefings, spatial analysis such as GIS and modelled outputs.

Surveying and monitoring

  • geological surveying
  • seismological monitoring
  • geophysical survey
  • earth observation

Investigation and site assessments

  • engineering investigation for new build/infrastructure, and managing older assets
  • geological site assessments for all types of installations (eg. wind farms, power stations and pipelines) to regional scale surveys (e.g. utility company area, local authority) to national surveys
  • resource (water, mineral and energy) assessments
  • hazard-geohazard

Cutting edge geological modelling systems

BGS are developing a National Geological Model of the UK’s subsurface to give decision makers greater clarity in planning for the future.  Supported by databases and graphical tools for the management, editing and visualisation of geological subsurface interpretation and models.  We have invested heavily in techniques and expertise in 3D and 4D modelling and can provide solutions in these formats which can significantly reduce the need for expert interpretation.

Types of projects include:

  • international development
  • energy resource evaluation, including conventional, unconventional and renewable energy
  • carbon Capture Utilisation Storage (CCUS)
  • energy storage
  • water, particularly groundwater expertise in resource evaluation, monitoring and protection
  • marine survey and interpretation, including drilling, and seabed survey for resource mapping to offshore wind siting
  • environmental e.g. contamination of the ground or water, environmental impact assessments
  • mineral expertise on mineral resources, mineral planning, policy and legislation, sustainable development, statistics and exploration. MineralsUK
  • multi-hazard including earthquake, volcano, landslide and tsunami
  • shallow geo-hazard assessment, including geohazard assessments, or specialist advice for managing geotechnical and buried assets such as cabling and pipelines.
  • radwaste
  • geoscience informatics

BGS capabilities are not limited to the list above, please contact us direct to see if we are able to support you.


BGS have a range of science facilities including geochemical, geotechnical, fluid processes and mineralogy, petrology, microanalysis and imaging.

Access to the laboratory facilities is available for research grants and commercial users.

BGS coordinates a range of customer groups and consortiums that focus on research questions that are relevant to multiple organisations. For example, pre-competitive energy research, geomagnetism services and seismology monitoring.

The BGS operates the UK’s earthquake monitoring network, capable of detecting earthquakes as low as 2ML across the whole UK, and considerably below that in some areas. The BGS’s National Earthquake information service (NEIS) provides members with earthquake alerts by text and email, as well as direct access to our earthquake analysis team, including an out of hours service. This allow members to get immediate information on an earthquake that may have affected their assets. Repairs to the seismic network are prioritised in areas that affect member assets, and members are able to influence the development of the seismic network, and the areas of research and development our seismologists pursue.


Need more information?

Please contact the BGS enquiries team

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