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.

Erta' Ale - Pahoehoe. Texture in 1973 lava, Ethiopia.

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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Avon Gorge at Clifton. Looking north.

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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BGS Global Geoscience

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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Hazards

Seismology

We are measuring, recording and analysing ground motions from earthquakes and other seismic events across the UK and overseas.

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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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Anthropocene sediment accumulation
Built environment

Anthropocene

The Anthropocene is a newly proposed geological time-unit, first suggested in the year 2000. It is as significant as the discovery of plate tectonics.

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Geomatic surveys
Hazards

Ground-based geomatic surveys

The BGS has pioneered the use of ground-based (terrestrial) techniques for a variety of geoscientific applications since 1999.

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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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Sustainable soils in the UK
Environmental change

ASSIST

The BGS is investigating how shallow groundwater levels may affect crop yield.

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Hazards

Citizen science

Citizen science networks often allows scientists to accomplish research objectives more readily than would otherwise be possible, using individual volunteers, often non-scientists, to perform research-related tasks .

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Hoa Binh Dam, Da River
Climate change

International catchment observatories

BGS is currently setting up a pilot scale observatory to serve Hanoi, Vietnam, in the context of hazards and resilience to those hazards.

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The Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland
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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