International geoscience research and development

BGS International Geoscience

Mayon volcano in the Philippines, credit ronniereymanjares from Pixabay

In 2022, BGS gained follow-on funding from its previous National Capability-funded ODA programme (2018 to 2022). The new programme, ‘Geosciences to tackle global environmental challenges’, is focused on scientific research with international partners that will have meaningful outcomes in addressing global environmental challenges.

The primary objective of the programme is to deliver solutions against against three global environmental challenges:

  • strengthening adaptation and resilience to natural hazards
  • security of supply chains
  • reduction in risk to urban and rural infrastructure

These challenges are linked by the overarching theme of human adaptation to climate change.

The new £11.9 million programme will be funded for four years, from 2022 to 2026, with over 150 BGS staff engaged in activities across BGS’s science challenge areas:

  • decarbonisation and resource management
  • multihazards and resilience
  • environmental change, adaptation and resilience

The programme is supported through the BGS National and International Geoscience directorate, led by Dr David Schofield. It is led by Dr Michael Watts along with ten co-investigators who have experience in international research.

To deliver our primary objective, the programme is organised into three research and innovation challenges (RICs). Each RIC has a coherent objective, delivered through novel research and co-designed with global partners. This approach will not only generate outcome for local practitioners but will provide the basis for realising global impact.

Our research and innovation challenges

Mayon Volcano with cloudy hat Copyright Patryk Reba

Living in multi-hazard environments

Assessing geological hazard information to improve detection and forecasting of geo-hazards and build on current disaster risk management practices.

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A snow-capped mountain stands in the distrance, with wetlands in the foreground.

Land use change and adaptation

Investigating human-induced land-use and climate change pressures in agricultural and urban settings, and evaluating nature-based solutions that help communities to adapt to climate change.

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Graphite in Africa - Lindi Jumbo. Tanzania (c) Walkabout Resources

Resources for the future

Supporting decision making for the sustainable supply of mineral, energy and water resources with a focus on the transition to net zero.

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