Crowdsourcing data

BGS Research — Product development

We are aware of the large community of professional, student and amateur geologists, as well as members of the public, who use the geological maps or our parent material map (soils) for work and for pleasure. We regularly receive feedback about our maps and we’re keen to gather more of this information to improve our understanding of UK geology and soils. To do this, we have crowdsourcing options built into mySoil and the UK Soil Observatory, where you are able to easily submit comments and upload photographs and data.

We’re interested in all sorts of data that might help us improve the geological map:

  • artificial ground
  • occurrence of landslides
  • peat depth
  • photographs of temporary exposures
  • presence of fossils
  • rock and soil colour, chemistry or mineralogy
  • springs
  • structural measurements
  • subsidence damage
  • trial pit and soil profiles
Geologist doing field work
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Source: BGS © UKRI

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If you want to discover more then please contact Russell Lawley.

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