Press releases

Press releases and announcements are compiled and issued by the BGS Press Office.

LIDAR Scanning

A rockfall took place on Wednesday 8th August 2018 at Staithes in North Yorkshire tragically killing a nine year old child. The steep cliffs at Staithes are formed of Jurassic-age sandstone, siltstone and ironstone. Lower layers of the weaker stone are easily weathered at this location leaving unsupported blocks which ultimately fall as rockfall. The recent unprecedented warm dry weather is likely to be a contributing factor. Current research has linked rockfalls to temperature fluctuations, but the research to fully understand this process is still ongoing. We would like to reiterate the warnings that the RNLI and Local Councils give regularly about staying away from cliffs. Take notice of warning signs. Do not go directly under or on top of cliffs as our coast is a dynamic environment that is changing all the time.

9 August 2018

Hydraulic Fracturing Consent

Statement from the BGS following the announcement by the Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth, Claire Perry to grant consent for hydraulic fracturing by Cuadrilla Resources at Preston New Road in Lancashire. Prof. Mike Stephenson, the lead geoscientist at the BGS and a key adviser to Government, regulators and stakeholders on shale gas geoscience, said: "Britain will need a cautious approach to shale gas development if commercial amounts of gas are found. Overall, natural gas, potentially including shale gas, provides a lower carbon fossil fuel than coal when burnt in power stations, and provides a backup for the intermittency of renewables. But shale gas exploitation must be done to very high levels of environmental assurance. The science being carried out on UK shale gas resources, environmental monitoring and subsurface development by the BGS and other research institutions will provide regulators and government with the evidence they need to achieve that environmental assurance."

25 July 2018

Assessing potential groundwater contamination in the pursuit of new energy sources
The British Geological Survey (BGS) and the Environment Agency (EA) have developed a method of assessing the vulnerability of groundwater from onshore oil and gas extraction activities in England. This new tool will improve our understanding of the risk to groundwater.

FAQ for 3D GWV – 3D Groundwater Vulnerability; developing a method to screen for groundwater risks from below surface oil and gas extraction practices in England

23 July 2018

Deep groundwater in coastal deltas protected from contaminations

A new study by the British Geological Survey (BGS) and University College London (UCL), led by Dr Dan Lapworth, has been published today in Geophysical Research Letters. This study shows that groundwater pumped from depths below 150 m in the coastal regions of the Bengal basin is thousands of years old and generally secure from contamination by salinity and arsenic found in shallow groundwater.

20 July 2018

Strontium in Scotland
The British Geological Survey has just released a new interactive web tool that maps out geographical variations in the isotope signatures of Britain. This map, which includes strontium, oxygen and sulphur data, enables the determination of the provenance of food and drink or archaeological remains.

31 May 2018

Geothermal energy

Two of the UK’s leading scientific agencies have submitted plans for an exciting new research development proposed for the Clyde Gateway area in the east end of Glasgow.

27 April 2018

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The BGS Board has been created to assist BGS in meeting future challenges and ensure it continues as a world-leading survey, delivering services and providing infrastructure support nationally and globally. The Chair and Board will work closely with the BGS Director and the NERC Chief Executive to shape BGS' successful future. NERC and Sir Keith O’Nions, the BGS Chair, have appointed a high quality Board of non-executive directors to support the Board Chair and BGS Executive Team in shaping the organisation's strategy and business plans. This will enable BGS to deliver its mission, manage commercial risk and diversify its funding.

13 March 2018

Buildings affected by a landslide in Freetown, Sierra Leone (2017). © BGS NERC
Improved disaster response in Commonwealth states and tropical disease control are among the goals of 10 new projects involving British space organisations, Science Minister Sam Gyimah announced today. A new BGS-led project is: Modelling Exposure Through Earth Observation Routines (METEOR): EO-based Exposure, Nepal and Tanzania Grant: £2.8 million.

14 February 2018

International research collaboration for landslide hazard reduction in the Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu, India. Scientists and engineers from UK, Italy and India are collaborating to improve the assessment of landslide hazard and early warning systems in India.

14 December 2017

The British Geological Survey (BGS) will lead the case study to support the decarbonisation of heating for large UK cities using novel hydrogen-based technology in the recently funded ELEGANCY research project. This project is one of five supported by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) with co-funding from the EU.

14 November 2017