Christopher Williams Geospatial analysis lead

Dr Christopher Williams

Head of Digital Mapping
BGS Keyworth

I oversee the shaping and development of BGS’s digital geological data pipelines together with the data and analysis related processes that enable data interactivity. My leadership in this area includes developing new ways of working with predominantly geological data, from its initial capture through to refinement. This is central to how  BGS delivers one of its core functions as a geological survey – the capture and provision of geological data and information for a range of potential users and applications, which is directly aligned with the Maps and Models for the 21st Century component of the BGS 2023-2028 strategy.

Christopher Williams’s Biography

  • 2023- ongoing: Head of Digital Mapping, British Geological Survey
  • 2017 – 2023: Geospatial Analysis Lead, British Geological Survey
  • 2014 – 2017 : Postdoctoral Researcher, Glaciology, University of Bristol
  • 2013 – 2014 : Postdoctoral Researcher, Glaciology, Swansea University
  • 2009 – 2013 : PhD, Glaciology, University of Leeds
  • 2006 – 2009 : BSc (Hons), 1st Class, Geography, Newcastle University

Research interests

  • Systems science – opportunities for cross-disciplinary data integration
  • Environmental change and associated impacts (socially, ecologically)
  • Terrain analysis – geomorphometrics
  • Environmental process modelling (space and time)
  • Quaternary environments and associated processes
  • Data infrastructure framework and best practice development
  • 2014 – 2017 : Synthetic Channel Mesh development (R)
  • 2013 – 2017 : Linear Feature Mapper (Python)

For a full list of publications, please refer to ORCID


  • Data and analysis focussed solution architecture
  • Programme and project management
  • Geospatial analytics and programming
  • Environmental numerical modelling
  • Field based environmental data collection techniques

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