BGS and the Environment Agency (EA) have worked together to produce these revised estimates of the number of properties that are in areas with a groundwater flood hazard, with the aim of providing better estimates in a similar way to those prepared for flooding from rivers, the sea and surface water.
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Sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) are drainage solutions that provide an alternative to the direct channelling of surface water through networks of pipes and sewers to nearby watercourses. The aims of SuDS are to reduce surface water flooding, improve water quality and enhance the amenity and biodiversity value of the environment. The observatory at Red Kite House has been established to identify how these SuDS schemes impact on groundwater.
Since the beginning of the national methane baseline survey in 2012, a total of 155 new groundwater methane samples have been collected and analysed from five areas. The latest of these is Cumbria and Northumberland.
Research by BGS in collaboration with colleagues at Oxford Brookes University suggests that periodic changes in rainfall linked to changes in global climate, in particular shifts in the Indian Ocean monsoon, created several opportunities for humans to migrate across the interior of Arabia.
BGS own and operate a small 9 m survey catamaran called the White Ribbon. Its name refers to the data gap within the coastal zone where offshore data collection has been difficult. The vessel is being used to fill this gap, as its small size and draft allow survey operations to be undertaken in very shallow water depths. The boat has also been used in various lochs and lakes, with the aim to increase our understanding of what lies beneath the waves.
We are a partner in the Midlands Energy Consortium along with the Universities of Birmingham, Loughborough, Nottingham and Warwick. The Midlands Energy Consortium is a collaboration in energy research and training.