Press releases

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

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

Researchers across Europe have come together to accelerate the development of technologies to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Over the next 3 years, a large project will focus on the removal of CO2 from industrial processes, the conversion of CO2 to create valuable products, such as methanol, and the safe storage of CO2 deep underground.

13 November 2017

Key players from Europe, Australia and the USA are joining forces to tackle the challenge of removing CO2 from the atmosphere and storing it underground in a bid to make a real difference to our future climate. The 'Pressure control and conformance management for safe and efficient CO2 storage' or ‘Pre-ACT’ project, aims to improve the cost effectiveness of safe CO2 storage.

13 November 2017

Conceptual model of nitrate stored in the unsaturated zone.

Groundwater researchers at the British Geological Survey (BGS) have found a major store of pollution sitting in the rocks beneath our feet that could have severe global-scale consequences for our rivers, water supplies, human health and the economy.

In a paper published in Nature Communications, Matthew Ascott and fellow researchers from the British Geological Survey and Lancaster University have reported finding vast quantities of nitrate across the globe stored in rocks below ground and above the drinking water resources they hold as a result of human activity.

10 November 2017

Fugro Synergy
The Corinth Rift, located in the Gulf of Corinth in Central Greece is one of the most seismically active areas in Europe. It is here that one of the Earth’s tectonic plates is being ripped apart causing geological hazards including earthquakes. This rifting process is the focus of the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) Expedition 381 “Corinth Active Rift Development”. An international team of scientists will leave the port of Corinth on October 20th onboard the drilling vessel Fugro Synergy.

20 October 2017

African groundwater map
Resource development relies on geoscience data (‘geodata’). In Africa, access to useful geodata is often slow, expensive and unreliable. This discourages potential investors and leads to a slow rate of development. A pilot project is proposed in Uganda to create a Geoscience Data Portal to make ‘geodata’ freely available and stimulate economic development.

18 October 2017

Research ship
The UK has reaffirmed its commitment to future European and international collaboration on water at a groundwater meeting hosted by the British Geological Survey (BGS) in Nottingham today.

17 October 2017

3D model of the UK

The British Geological Survey (BGS) is delivering a £31m investment in two subsurface (underground) research field sites to deliver new geological evidence that will advance our understanding of the subsurface environment and underpin the development of new energy science.

The Cheshire Energy Research Field Site will attract world–leading geologists, engineers and other scientists to undertake energy–related research through close and long–term observation of the way that gases and fluids move around in the subsurface, within different rock types and between different rock layers (from depths of 25m down to 1,200m).

11 October 2017