Data being collected and shared by BGS

Scientific data which will be acquired on behalf of the UK Geoenergy Observatory

All data acquired at the site will be made available to researchers.

Please note that in the information below all designs, infrastructure, kit, data to be collected are subject to change.

The following data will be acquired from the Array A mine water boreholes:

  • Hydraulic head and groundwater temperature and specific electrical conductivity (SEC) – measured via continuously recording, monthly-downloaded pressure-temperature-conductivity transducers, supported by monthly manual groundwater level and conductivity measurements.
  • Aquifer properties – pump tests
  • Groundwater sampling – repeated groundwater sampling campaigns will collect and analyse groundwater samples from the boreholes. Sampling will take place monthly for at least 1 year to establish a baseline. In addition it is planned to collect samples for geomicrobiology studies, and some additional groundwater samples may be taken to be available for the research community.
  • Geophysical logging (cased hole, limited tools (gamma, caliper), deepest borehole at each site only)
  • Output from electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) and direct temperature sensing (DTS) fibre optic cables
  • Cuttings samples collected during borehole drilling, drilling records and logs

The following data will be collected from the Array B environmental baseline boreholes:

  • Hydraulic head, groundwater temperature and specific electrical conductivity (SEC) – measured via continuously recording, monthly-downloaded pressure-temperature-conductivity transducers, supported by monthly manual groundwater level and conductivity depth measurements
  • Aquifer properties – pump tests
  • Groundwater sampling – repeated groundwater sampling campaigns will collect and analyse groundwater samples from the boreholes. Sampling will take place monthly for at least 1 year to establish a baseline. In addition it is planned to collect samples for geomicrobiology studies, and some additional groundwater samples may be taken to be available for the research community
  • Cuttings samples collected during borehole drilling, drilling records and logs

The following data will be collected from the Array C seismic monitoring borehole:

  • Geophysical borehole logging (open hole, planned to include gamma, caliper, density, neutron, resistivity, sonic, flowmeter)
  • Core
  • Time-dependent core samples for geomicrobiology studies
  • Continuous seismometer data

Contact

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