Research news and awards

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

Mochras site

Funding success! The ICDP have provided US$1.5M towards the drilling for a project on the Lower Jurassic in Wales/UK: Integrated understanding of the early Jurassic Earth system and Timescale (JET).

The science objectives are to:

  • Achieve a high-resolution continuous cyclostratigraphy for the Early Jurassic and associated astronomical time scale leading to insights into solar system resonance, length-of-day and tidal dissipation; the first biostratigraphically-calibrated magnetostratigraphy for the entire 25 Myr long Early Jurassic based on a single section, and; a full synthesis of radio-isotopic and chronostratigraphic scales
  • Provide a multi-proxy isotopic and elemental chemostratigraphy to track supercontinent break-up influence on the global Earth system and, in particular, a record of the end-Triassic and Early Toarcian mass extinctions, and subsequent recoveries of the carbon cycle, biosphere and ocean, and effects from volatile releases from coeval LIPs.
  • Deliver insights into Early Jurassic sea-level change and the greenhouse-icehouse transitions; an understanding of interdependencies between primary productivity, nutrient flux, and ocean redox state; and an integrated record of changes in atmospheric and marine composition understood in the context of quantitative whole-Earth system models.

The overall PI is Stephen Hesselbo (University of Exeter) with UK Co-Is from BGS (Jim Riding, Melanie Leng and Dan Condon), Oxford and Leeds.

21 September 2015

Dr Sev Kender
Dr Sev Kender describes that plate tectonics was the groundbreaking theory discovered early 20th century that actually explained everything in geology and started our modern discipline. Before it no one knew why oceans and mountains formed and continents look like they used to be linked together. So this new discovery is one of the last links in the theory that explains how geology works.

16 September 2015

Mike Stephenson
In shale gas exploitation, most people are more worried about what goes on at the surface than deep underground. If you’ve never seen a drilling rig or a frack truck, it’s hard to imagine what it might be like to live up close to a fracking operation, but many people believe that shale gas fracking on a large scale counts as industrialization of the landscape. This article looks at the ground-level effects that people near fracking sites might experience.

15 September 2015

Seismic trace
BGS seismic data was used in this report which examines UK earthquake records to determine the number and cause of man-made earthquakes.

11 September 2015

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