News stories about BGS

A selection of recent news, that includes mentions of the British Geological Survey, reported in online news websites. Click on a heading link to read the full article.



The UK Cabinet Office has launched a consultation on its first geospatial strategy, seeking views on how to make best use of the location data held by public, private and voluntary sector organisations. The UK’s Geospatial Commission is a committee given £80m of funding over two years to support the more effective use of public and private geospatial data. Its partners include government agencies with large amounts of location data, including the British Geological Survey.


15 August 2018

Recent dry weather could have been a contributing factor in the rock fall which killed a nine-year-old girl in Staithes. Dr Helen Reeves, BGS, said: “Recent weeks have seen an increased number of cliff falls reported around our coastline in the UK”.


9 August 2018

The county has been hit by tremors twice in a week with the latest taking place at a magnitude of 2.4 at 6.54am (BST) in Newdigate on Friday, hitting a depth of three miles (5km), the British Geological Survey (BGS) said. BGS seismologist Richard Luckett told Press Association there is a “constant stream” of small earthquakes over most parts of the UK on a regular basis, adding: “There’s no reason why Surrey should be any different.


30 July 2018

British authorities said Monday they were working to examine the potential vulnerability to groundwater supplies from onshore oil and gas activity. The British Geological Survey and the nation's Environment Agency said they were working on a consistent way to examine potential contamination.


23 July 2018

Rising river temperatures are anticipated globally because of climate change and this will be made worse by increasing abstraction of cool groundwater that helps to reduce high temperatures in summer. Researchers from the University of Birmingham and the British Geological Survey have discovered that warming rivers can cause marked increases in carbon dioxide and methane production.


19 July 2018

Two new seismic stations are being built in Surrey this week, to record the earth's movements in the wake of recent tremors. Seven earthquakes were detected by the British Geographical Survey (BGS) since April around Dorking and Crawley. The BGS said it was aiming to better understand the cause of the quakes, by putting stations close the area of activity.


11 July 2018

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano continued to eject a continuous stream of lava and a crest of ash. In search of solutions to proactively identify impending disasters, scientists are looking towards technological solutions - and data management in particular. A team of volcanologists from the University of Leeds, Iceland and the British Geological Survey are analysing data collected from the crystals that were flung out during the early stages of the Eyjafjallajökull eruption.


6 July 2018

Scientists think they have found a smart way to constrain carbon dioxide emissions – just turn them to stone. Christopher Rochelle is an expert on CCS at the British Geological Survey. He said this underlined the importance of moving beyond modelling and lab studies to real-world demonstrations. Only by doing this can the technology readiness be properly assessed.


6 July 2018

A seventh earthquake in just over 12 weeks has struck in Surrey in what has been described as a "swarm" of tremors. It was the third tremor in nine days and the fourth reported to the British Geological Survey (BGS) since 1 April, but seismologist David Galloway said there had been a total of seven. The BGS said evidence pointed towards a natural cause.


5 July 2018

Houses and furniture shook when an earthquake hit Surrey and West Sussex earlier. Scientists from the British Geological Survey (BGS) said the 2.6-magnitude tremor was felt in Newdigate, Charlwood and Crawley. Describing the quake as "small", Sarah Nice from the BGS said Gatwick Airport staff probably would not have realised it had happened.


28 June 2018