GeoCoast Open

BGS Datasets

Key information

Great Britain
GIS point data and vector polygon (ESRI, other formats available on request)
National – regional level use

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Free access

Our free data is available under the Open Government Licence. Please acknowledge reproduced BGS materials.

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Supporting documents

GeoCoast Open provides a range of historic images and diagrams extracted from our archives, memoirs and other publications that can provide a reference for coastal change. It also contains a detailed suite of statistical data based on the underlying datasets (GeoCoast Premium). These include, for example, percentage of county at threat from inundation and percentage of county coastline with high susceptibility to erosion. In addition, there is a tool to compare or share best practise at a regional scale and streamline the consideration of multiple underlying datasets through a simple, high-level scheme, presented as domains.

GeoCoast Open consists of:

  • historic data or images (point data)
  • regional statistics (shapefiles)
  • coastal domains for erosion and morphology

Frequently asked questions

Please visit our BGS GeoCoast Premium page for frequently asked questions regarding how the product can be used or how it can be interpreted. If you have any additional questions, please contact

IPR statement

To meet with BGS’s commitment to the continuing openness of its data, the materials available through this portal are viewable under the Open Government Licence (OGL). This licence is subject to the following acknowledgement accompanying any use of the material: ‘British Geological Survey © UKRI [2022]’.

In some instances, material released under this portal contains not only BGS data, but also identified third-party data. Where third-party data is not covered by the OGL, users wishing to reuse any of this data must gain direct permission from the appropriate copyright owner to do so.

If you are a copyright holder and are concerned that you have found material on the portal belonging to you, and you have not granted permission for this use, please contact the BGS IPR team. Please ensure you include the below information in any communication:

  • your contact details
  • the full bibliographic details of the material
  • the exact and full URL where you found the material
  • proof that you are the rights holder and a statement confirming that you are the rights holder or are an authorised representative

Given proof of valid objection, BGS will take down the relevant material from the portal.

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Thank you for your interest in our digital data. BGS is constantly reviewing and developing our suite of data products and we value feedback from users to ensure that we are meeting their needs. Understanding how our data is being used also helps us to tailor future development plans and verify that we are providing data in the correct formats.

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