Geospatial Commission consultation

The BGS is a partner body of the Geospatial Commission that was announced in November 2017. The Geospatial Commission is an impartial expert committee that aims to promote the more productive use of public and private sector geospatial data. This will maximise the value of 'location data', which could generate £11 billion a year.
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The BGS Board, its terms of reference and minutes of the first meeting (April 2018)

I blogged previously about the creation of the BGS Board and the quality of non-executive members that we managed to attract. It is a truly dynamic group of people which will help nurture and challenge BGS... More information

Vadose Zone Nitrate

Global model estimates of nitrate stored in the vadose (unsaturated zone) developed by BGS hydrogeologists are now publicly available to download from the National Geoscience Data Centre. More information


Between 1st April and 18th July, we detected twelve seismic events in the Newdigate, Surrey area. The BGS publishes detected events of the last 50 days at recent British earthquakes.

Ultrastable laser interferometry

Brian Baptie and Richard Luckett have co-authored a report in Science, 'Ultrastable laser interferometry for earthquake detection with terrestrial and submarine cables', detailing how sea-floor fibre-optic cables can listen for earthquakes.

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Mobile apps

Various mobile friendly versions of apps on the BGS website

BGS Geological Walk map

A walk through geological time at BGS Keyworth, now available to browse online


App for the geological map of Britain iPhone App | Android App ... and iGeology3D!


App for soil properties map of Britain | learn about the soil beneath your feet. iPhone App