Coal Authority Seismic Survey Data.

Dataset description

This data set is an archive of original data for the seismic reflection surveys conducted by the National Coal Board (NCB) and its successor, British Coal Corporation (BCC). The data consists of observers' logs, surveyors' reports, (some 3000 files of written records), location data, field data records and processed data. The processed data are at various stages of processing from demultiplexed field data to migrated stack (not all available for all profiles). The data were originally recorded on over 13000 tapes and have been transcribed to more modern media in Tape Image Format (TIF/ARC) to retain the tape block integrity. These data are owned by the Coal Authority (CA), as successor to the NCB and BCC, BGS being the custodian under an agreement with the CA. The Coal authority surveys cover various areas in the UK, shot and processed or reprocessed between 1973-94. There is at an initial estimate half a terabyte of Coal Authority data. The seismic data will be stored as standard format SEGY files which can be read by a variety of software packages designed to manipulate seismic data. Catalogue available.


Access to data must be approved by the BGS IPR department. BGS is the custodian of the Coal Authority data, but the Coal Authority has retained ownership. NERC is the copyright holder for purposes of data supply. All BGS staff have rights to enquire on data holdings. CA data are not free: internal users and external customers have to pay the costs involved, hence the retrieval restriction. These restrictions were set out in a Heads of Terms (HoT) document agreed between BGS and the Coal Authority in 1998/9 for 5 years. However, this was never fully ratified and expired 2004. The replacement is still subject to negotiations between BGS and CA. Until the new agreement is confirmed, it is assumed that the terms of the original HoT apply. Where data fall within an extant mining licence the permission of the licensee must be obtained. Use through the standard BGS Data User Agreement procedure.

Further information

For more information please contact:


Environmental Science Centre, Nicker Hill, Keyworth
NG12 5GG

Tel : +44 (0)115 936 3143
Fax :+44 (0)115 936 3276


Dataset details

Author(s) Not available
Principal Investigator(s) Not available
Language English
Curator British Geological Survey
Supply media/format PAPER - Either original written logs and reports on loan or photocopies for retention.; Version:
TAPE - Either original tapes on loan or duplicates for retention, according to format of data and intended use. ; Version:
SEG-Y; Version:NotApplicable
Storage format Digital:Other than Excel etc
Hardcopy:Paper copy
Frequency of update irregular
Start of capture {ts '1973-01-01 00:00:00'} Not known
End of capture {ts '1994-01-01 00:00:00'} 1994
Contact details
Department Enquiries
Organisation British Geological Survey
Address Environmental Science Centre, Nicker Hill, Keyworth
City Nottingham
County Nottinghamshire
Country United Kingdom
Postcode NG12 5GG
Telephone +44 (0)115 936 3143
Fax +44 (0)115 936 3276
Topic category code (ISO) geoscientificInformation (information pertaining to earth sciences)
Keywords COAL
Keyword source BGS Keyphrases
Spatial details
Spatial Reference System Not available
Dataset extent
Coverage (Lat/Long) North boundary : 56.99
East boundary  : 2.94
South boundary : 50.72
West boundary  : -6.94
Metadata language English
Metadata last updated 23rd November 2011
Metadata standard compliance NERC profile of ISO19115:2003
Copyright and IPR
The copyright of materials derived from the British Geological Survey's work is vested in the Natural Environment Research Council [NERC]. No part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, or stored in a retrieval system of any nature, without the prior permission of the copyright holder, via the BGS Intellectual Property Rights Manager. Use by customers of information provided by the BGS, is at the customer's own risk. In view of the disparate sources of information at BGS's disposal, including such material donated to BGS, that BGS accepts in good faith as being accurate, the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) gives no warranty, expressed or implied, as to the quality or accuracy of the information supplied, or to the information's suitability for any use. NERC/BGS accepts no liability whatever in respect of loss, damage, injury or other occurence however caused.