Citizen science

BGS Research

What is citizen science?

‘Citizen science’ is a term used for projects in which individual volunteers (or networks of volunteers), many of whom may have no specific scientific training, perform or manage research-related tasks such as observation, measurement or computation.

The use of citizen science networks often allows scientists to accomplish research objectives more readily than would otherwise be possible. In addition, these projects aim to promote public engagement with the research, as well as with science in general.

Our projects

mySoil mobile app

mySoil

mySoil, gives access to comprehensive European soil properties. Discover what lies beneath your feet and help us to build a community dataset by submitting your own soil information.

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iGeology mobile app

iGeology

Share your geological observations with other iGeology users – submit photographs showing points of interest, tell us where our mapping needs revisiting, or recording observations about geological hazards, such as landslides or flooding, using the app.

iGeology
Geo Social

GeoSocial

More and more people are looking to social media as additional, more immediate sources of information.

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myVolcano app

myVolcano

myVolcano is a crowd-sourcing app that enables you to share your photographs and descriptions of volcanic hazards, as well as collecting samples and measurements of volcanic ash fall, helping scientists to gather vital new information.

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myHAZ

Citizen science for multihazards and disaster risk reduction

We are using citizen science for people to develop a shared understanding of hazardous phenomena and for communities to contribute to hazard forecasting and early warning.

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Seismometers in the UK and surrounding area.

Have you felt an earthquake?

A short questionnaire to record what people experienced during an earthquake. It helps us quickly gather a large volume of information that suports instrumental data and may give vital information about the level of shaking to emergency services.

Visit the online form
Aldbrough Coastal Landslide Observatory.

Report a landslide

The landslides team at the BGS records the landslides of Great Britain. Please tell us about any British landslides you may have seen on TV, heard about on the radio or read in newspapers, etc. Perhaps you have been affected in some way or seen a landslide happen yourself?

Report online
Large ash aggregate - halite and glass

Ash collection

In the event of an eruption in Iceland volcanic emissions may affect the UK. If they do, we need you to collect observations and samples to help us learn about the nature of the eruption.

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Terms and conditions

By uploading and depositing photos or materials, you, as depositor, do so on the understanding they may be used or re-used by others.

By depositing photos and materials you take full responsibility to:

  • ensure that they are owned by you (or you have permission to do so)
  • understand that liability regarding their use or re-use may lie with you as depositor

If there are doubts about ownership, check first before making a deposit on BGS Citizen Science sites.

BGS Citizen Science operates under the code of a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial 3.0 Unported License.

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