The geology England team works to characterise the geology of England with particular focus on understanding the processes, structure and variations in the shallow subsurface. We target strategically important areas and formations including coalfields, significant aquifers and sites of major infrastructure. Our current research priorities include ice margin processes, dynamic basin modelling and human/landscape interaction.

We work responsively to provide 2D and 3D geological data, knowledge and advice to the research community, the private sector, government and regulators, which ultimately enables effective decision making across a range of sectors. This improves natural resource management, reduces engineering project risk, and supports environmental safeguarding.

Selected research

Chalk group of southern EnglandA new physical property model for the Chalk Group of southern England

The Chalk forms the UK's most important aquifer, underlying densely populated parts of south east England.

Contact: Mark Woods.

Permo-Trias 3D modelling

High Speed 2

We collaborate with many other sectors and organisations, for example helping advise on the surrounding geology for the High Speed 2 proposal. Working on projects like this means that, as well as enhancing our overall research budget, we can add to the national knowledgebase by carrying out up to date surveys, producing 3D geological models, updating corporate datasets (2D and 3D) and raising the profile of BGS's role in adding value to major infrastructure projects and increasing BGS's EI-winning potential.

Contact: Andy Farrant.

Pennine BasinIce margin landscape interactions

We are developing process based modelling capability, scientific profile and updated corporate datasets (2D and 3D) in ice marginal areas, focussing on the characterisation of lithofacies/structural heterogeneity of these highly complex and strategically important terrains.

Contact: Jonathan Lee.

Cleveland BasinLeeds – Humber river catchment: rock properties of the Sherwood Sandstone Group

The geology of the Humber river catchment is very diverse, including several Upper Carboniferous coalfields.

Contact: Ed Hough.

London Thames Thames dynamic basin model

We are producing a dynamic model showing the basin architecture for the chalk of southern England. This involves research into sedimentary control, structure and physical characteristics. Collaborative work will extend the study to include the region's mudrocks and gain an understanding of processes driving their heterogeneity.

Contact: Mark Woods.

Tellus South West Geophysical SurveyTellus South West geophysical survey

A low level airborne geophysical survey of the south west of England. This survey of Devon, Cornwall and parts of Somerset has gathered magnetic and radiometric measurements in order to extend our understanding of the geology, soils, natural resources and environment.

Contact: Alan Holden.


Chief Geologist England: Jon Ford.