Research news and awards

Latest news about our research. Project progress and collaboration. Awards and achievements.

BGS staff member Jane Evans
Professor Jane Evans at BGS tested an Ice Age leopard tooth for an element called strontium to help reveal its age.

28 August 2015

BGS Geology Map viewer

BGS have won prestigious funding from the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK1 (Solving Urban Challenges with Data – Feasibility Studies) as part of a business led consortium to develop a prototype webGIS subscription service for landowners, developers, local authorities and their advisors to conduct renewable energy feasibility studies. The project will help the Government achieve renewable energy targets by allowing users to select which technologies are suitable for their site. The system will utilise information that will signify when a technology will and will not work, using BGS’ extensive geoscience data holdings and other open access data sources.

Consortium members are made up of industry and applied research organisations: Land Quality Management and Nottingham Energy Partnership and Nottingham Geospatial Institute. Positive Homes and University of Nottingham Estates Office who have extensive experience in installing and using renewable energy, will trial the system as potential end-users. The project starts in July 2015 and ends in 2016. For more information contact Darren Beriro.

10 August 2015


The 2011 EEFIT (The Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team) Christchurch report which was co-authored by BGS's David Boon is now freely available on-line.

7 August 2015

CO2GeoNet logo

The CO2GeoNet Open Forum and workshops offered a unique opportunity for stakeholders and major players in the CCS arena and wider energy–climate debate to meet and discuss recent developments with Europe's largest group of researchers on CO2 geological storage. Michelle presented on 'Developing a national portfolio of CO2 storage in the UK: the UK CO2Stored database and site portfolio'. Maxine presented on 'Providing assurance of storage capacity in open connected aquifers for multiple users: a case study from the Moray Firth - SiteChar & Multistore'. Ceri Vincent is chair of the CO2GeoNet Executive Committee so was asked to give a short talk on advancing geological storage of CO2 through CO2GeoNet activities and what is needed to alleviate the concerns of potential storage site operators.

27 July 2015

BGS Research Fellowship Programme

BGS participated on behalf of CO2GeoNet at the International Scientific Conference "Our Common Future under Climate Change" held in Paris 7 – 10 July ahead of the Conference of the Parties which will also be held in Paris later this year (COP 21). BGS presented on assured capacity and safe geological storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) during a parallel session titled "Negative emissions for climate change stabilisation and the role of CO2 geological storage".

During this conference, the representatives from CO2GeoNet, EERA (the European Energy Research Alliance), GCCSI (the Global CCS Institute) and IEAGHG (the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme) prepared this statement to emphasise the role of CCS (Carbon dioxide Capture and Storage) as a viable and flexible climate change mitigation technology.

22 July 2015

BGS's Andy Chadwick and Paul Williamson explain how interaction between continuous trend with natural climate cycles produces the observed stepped pattern of global warming.

15 July 2015

Dr Munir Zia
Congratulations to Dr Munir Zia (Fauji Fertilizer Company Limited, Pakistan) on his appointment as a Visiting Research Associate within the Centre for Environmental Geochemistry (BGS).

25 June 2015

Edward in Malawi
Congratulations to Dr Edward Joy (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) on his appointment as a Visiting Research Associate within the Centre for Environmental Geochemistry (BGS).

25 June 2015

iSmart magazine article
BGS's iSMART project (EPSRC funded consortium) has been highlighted in the International Innovation magazine. Download a high quality PDF.
Courtesy of International Innovation – a leading scientific dissemination service.

9 June 2015