Russell Lawley

Russell Lawley

Geologist BGS Product Development
BGS Keyworth

Russell Lawley’s Biography

  • 2023 – present: Geologist BGS Product Development
  • 2023 – 2010: Team lead: Properties and Resources products
  • 2006– present: Project leader various commissioned projects (Earthing parameters for power systems, power network hazard assessment, climate change adaptation for railways)
  • 2003– present: Project leader various digital products and services (Superficial deposit thickness model, Soil Parent Materials, BGS Civils, BGS Geology, UK soil observatory)
  •  1993 – 2011: GIS and 3D Systems developer
  • 1990 – 1997: Geologist, British Geological Survey
  • 1985 – 1988: Undergraduate study, BSc (Hons), University of Leeds

Research interests

  • Digital geoscience products: How and why we create digital geoscience products to solve problems
  • Integration of geo-data with ecological information to derive natural capital assessments of our landscape: How we value the natural capital or ecosystem services afforded to us by the geology beneath our feet
  • Soils and weathering-zone characterisation of the UK: Analysis of geological factors that drive the development of soils in our landscape
  • Spatial modelling (terrain analysis and spatial distribution of soil-geology characteristics): How we map and portray soil and geology characteristics across our landscape

Current projects and collaborations


  • Geological interpretation
  • Project management
  • Spatial data analysis

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