Bedrock Aquifer Productivity (Scotland)

Dataset description

The dataset describes the potential of bedrock aquifers across Scotland to sustain various levels of borehole water supply, and the dominant groundwater flow type in each aquifer. There are five aquifer productivity classes: very high, high, moderate, low and very low, and three groundwater flow categories: significant intergranular flow; mixed fracture/intergranular flow; and fracture flow. The dataset is a tool to indicate the location and productivity of bedrock aquifers across Scotland. It may have several uses, including in policy analysis and development; to prioritise aquifer and site investigations; to inform planning decisions; and to improve awareness of groundwater in general. The complexity and heterogeneity of geological formations means that the dataset is only a guide. It is designed to be used at a scale of 1:100,000, and not to assess aquifer conditions at a single point.


This dataset will be licensed: data licensing conditions have been agreed with SEPA and the Scottish Government. The map is a two-dimensional representation, and does not reflect any variability in geological and/or hydrogeological conditions with depth. The map provides only approximate descriptions of ground conditions, and is designed to be used at a scale of 1:100,000. Use of the map must therefore be pragmatic, and it is not a substitute for detailed site investigation.

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 ESRI Shapefile; Version:Current BGS version
Storage format Digital:ESRI Files
Digital:Map Info Files
Frequency of update as needed
Start of capture {ts '2011-10-20 00:00:00'} 20th October 2011
End of capture {ts '2011-01-01 00:00:00'} Before 2011
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)
Keyword source BGS Keyphrases
Spatial details
Spatial Reference System OSGB 1936 / British National Grid [27700]
Dataset extent
Coverage (Lat/Long) North boundary : 61.5696
East boundary  : -0.1169
South boundary : 54.2387
West boundary  : -8.1418
Metadata language English
Metadata last updated 5th June 2013
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.