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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Built environment

Glasgow and the Clyde Basin — Clyde Urban Super Project (CUSP)

Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, is built along the  upper Clyde estuary and lower River Clyde. Areas of central Glasgow form the national urban regeneration priority for Scotland over the next 25 years.

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Environmental change

Geochemistry and health

We are working with Kenyan researchers to improve our understanding of the links between environment and health, strengthening our combined research.

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Hydrogeology

Groundwater research

Our research addresses issues related to the sustainability of water resources and quality, impacts of environmental change on the water cycle, natural hazards, and human health.

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Hydrogeology

Africa Groundwater Atlas

The Africa Groundwater Atlas is an online resource providing an introduction to the groundwater resources of 51 African countries, and a gateway to further information.

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Hydrogeology

Hydrological Outlook UK

Hydrological Outlook UK reports the likely groundwater levels and river flows one month and three months ahead.

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Climate change

Geoparks

UNESCO Global Geoparks are areas with internationally important rocks and landscapes, all of which are managed responsibly.

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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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Marine geoscience

Sea floor: scientific ocean drilling

Since 2003, BGS have implemented several high profile expeditions for the European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD).

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Marine geoscience

Sea floor: marine geoscience

The marine geoscientists at BGS provide independent and expert geological advice, research and data acquisition to anyone working in the marine environment.

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