Research

Our research includes core geological survey and monitoring work and other innovative projects addressing today’s geoscientific challenges driven by the changing needs of our stakeholders.

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Our research

Environmental change

Environmental change, adaptation and resilience

We are undertaking research aimed at reducing vulnerability, protecting resources and building resilience in response to substantial environmental changes.

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Decarbonisation and resource management

Decarbonisation of power production, heat, transport and industry is a major challenge and one that intrinsically involves geoscience.

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Multihazards and resilience

We work with partners worldwide to enhance understanding of hazards, vulnerability, exposure and risk to ensure our science is useful, usable and used.

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Digital geoscience

The BGS is a data-rich organisation. Our data science and data infrastructure are fundamental to our future research and underpin our strategic challenges.

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National geoscience

The National Geoscience programme is a forward-looking investment in UK geology that provides relevant, coherent and enriched geoscience knowledge for our stakeholders.

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Global geoscience

The BGS is active across the globe delivering institutional strengthening programmes and applied research projects across a wide variety of sectors.

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Mining and minerals

Critical raw materials

All minerals and metals used in manufacturing, including recycled material, have ultimately been mined from the Earth’s crust.

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Hazards

Geodesy and Earth Observation

We develop and use innovative Earth Observation (EO) techniques to characterise and monitor Earth processes that impact lives and livelihoods.

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Built environment

Product development

The properties and resources team publishes a broad range of geological data and information, including digital mapping, for all stakeholders.

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Energy

GSNI

The Geological Survey of Northern Ireland is part of the Department for the Economy in Northern Ireland and is staffed by BGS scientists.

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Energy

UK Geoenergy Observatories

UK Geoenergy Observatories are facilitating a step change in our understanding of geology and our relationship with the underground environment.

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Energy

Geothermal energy

The term ‘geothermal energy’ refers to any heat derived from the ground, from depths of a few metres to multiple kilometres beneath the earth surface.

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Energy

Energy storage

BGS has a sustained track record of energy storage research, which will underpin future laboratory, field and GIS-based activities and commissions.

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Geoscience information

Digital lab

The BGS Digital Lab has been created to develop, test and provide new tools and technologies that support delivery of the BGS science strategy enabling world class research across BGS.

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Hazards

Global geological risk

Our research focuses on characterising complex, multi-hazard processes with the aim of improving resilience of communities to hazards.

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