Dr Jonathan Busby

Dr Jonathan Busby

Geothermal specialist

Location: BGS Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3440

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  • 2018 – ongoing : Geothermal specialist
  • 2008 –2018 : Team leader of Renewables and Energy Security
  • 1992 –2008 : Principal Scientist: Applied geophysics
  • 1979 –1982 : PhD University of Leicester, The optimization and interpretation of induced polarization surveys in Cyprus
  • 1976 –1979 : BSc (Hons) 1st class, University of Southampton, Geophysical Sciences

Current projects and collaboration

  • Renewable Energy

Key papers

  • Busby, J. 2018. A modelling study of the variation of thermal conductivity of the English Chalk. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, v 51, 417-423.
  • Busby, J, and Terrington, R. 2017. Assessment of the resource base for engineered geothermal systems in Great Britain. Geothermal Energy, pp 18.
  • Busby, J. 2016. Thermal conductivity and diffusivity estimations for shallow geothermal systems. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, 49, 138-146.
  • Beamish, D and Busby, J. 2016. The Cornubian geothermal province: heat production and flow in SW England: estimates from boreholes and airborne gamma-ray measurements. Geothermal Energy, pp 25.
  • Busby, J P, Lee, J R, Kender, S, Williamson, J P, and Norris, S. 2016. Regional modelling of permafrost thicknesses over the past 130 ka: implications for permafrost development in Great Britain. .Boreas, v 45, 46-60.
  • Busby, J. 2015. UK shallow ground temperatures for ground coupled heat exchangers. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, 48, 248-260.
  • Busby, J, Gillespie, M, and Kender, S 2015. How hot are the Cairngorms? Scottish Journal of Geology, 51, 105-115.
  • Busby, J. 2014. Geothermal energy in sedimentary basins in the UK. Hydrogeology Journal, v 22, 129-141.
  • Busby, J, Kingdon, A, and Williams, J. 2011. The measured shallow temperature field in Britain. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, v 44, 373-387.
  • Busby, J P, Lewis, M, Reeves, H, and Lawley, R. 2009. Initial geological conditions before installing ground source heat pump systems. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, v 42, 295-306.
  • Busby, J P, and Jackson, P. 2006. The application of time-lapse azimuthal apparent resistivity measurements for the prediction of coastal cliff failure. Journal of Applied Geophysics, v 59, 261-272.
  • Busby, J P, and Smith, N J P. 2001. The nature of the Variscan basement in southeast England: evidence from integrated potential field modeling. Geological Magazine, v 138, 669-685.
  • Busby, J P. 2000. The effectiveness of azimuthal apparent resistivity measurements as a method for determining fracture strike orientations. Geophysical Prospecting, v 48, 677-695.

Professional association

  • Chartered Geologist
  • Fellow of the Geological Society, London

Published outputs

Research interests

  • Applied geophysics for monitoring/predicting cliff collapse
  • Applied resistivity maps
  • Geothermal resources of the UK
  • Sustainability of ground source heat pumps
  • UK heat flow


  • Applied geophysics
  • Geothermal resource estimation
  • Leadership of collaborative research projects
  • Potential field geophysical interpretation