Key advances in environmental geoscience lie at the nexus of geochemistry (soil; water; sediment), health (nutrition; toxicology; epidemiology) and agriculture (crops; livestock; fisheries).
The BGS and our research partners are undertaking an integrated approach to risk assessment and public policy, including:
- capturing and integrating soil geochemical processes across multiple scales
- developing a predictive model of soil-to-plant micronutrient and environmental pathways of contaminant exposure in Kenya, in order to assess health consequences in humans (e.g. oesophageal cancer incidence; iodine deficiency) and wider environment (e.g. fisheries-aquaculture).
- health implications for mine tailing contamination of neighbouring village and food production (Zambia Copperbelt)
- supporting policies in agriculture (e.g. agri-strategies) and public health surveillance (e.g. geochemical maps to relate to biomonitoring data)
- potential for aquaculture to deliver food security — implications for run-off and rapid growth of aquaculture on the ‘health’ of Lake Victoria and surrounding catchments