Soil and agriculture

BGS Climate Change Products

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Soil health is fundamental to the productivity and sustainability of agricultural practices. As such, considerations of potential climate change-related impacts that may cause a shift in the UK’s growing regions whilst affecting common practices are of great importance. Characteristics such as soil chemistry, erosion, saturation and regeneration could all be affected by climate change.

Water availability is of similar concern, particularly with crop production being concentrated in the south and east of the country and hotter, drier growing seasons forecast as a result of climate change. Furthermore, predicted sea-level rise and the saline contamination of groundwater resources are also threats to coastal agricultural land.

Relevant BGS data products

BGS Soil chemistry for environmental assessments

G-BASE for the UK: geochemistry

G-BASE sets out to map the natural geochemical baseline of the British Isles.

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GeoCoast Premium

GeoCoast is an integrated GIS package of datasets designed to inform and support coastal management and adaptation.

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Groundwater vulnerability data

Groundwater vulnerability data

Our groundwater vulnerability maps provide an assessment of the vulnerability of groundwater in overlying superficial rocks and those that comprise the underlying bedrock.

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Hydrological map of Scotland

Hydrogeological maps of Scotland

The BGS has produced a suite of hydrogeological maps of Scotland. The suite includes layers with groundwater vulnerability and aquifer productivity data.

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BGS Soil chemistry for environmental assessments

Soil chemistry for environmental assessments

This dataset contains estimated ambient background concentrations of potentially harmful elements for rural and selected urban topsoils.

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Soil Parent Material Model

The Soil Parent Material Model details the distribution of properties of the weathered and unweathered soil parent materials of the UK.

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