Our research

BGS staff in the laboratory

Our research includes core geological survey and monitoring work and other innovative projects addressing today's geoscientific challenges driven by the changing needs of our stakeholders. Read a selection of Current activities

Research themes

Digital mapping in the field Geology and regional geophysics

Multidisciplinary surveys, research into the surface and subsurface, 3D models...

Soils report Applied and medical geochemistry

G-BASE, international geochemistry, abandoned mines and contaminated land

BGS staff giving advice overseas BGS Global

International research, survey & monitoring in the developing world...

Drought Climate change

Carbon, coastal pollution, environmental responses, Palaeoclimate & sustainable soils...

Soufriere Hills volcano, Montserrat Earth hazards

Volcano monitoring, UK seismic network, magnetic observation, landslides...

Sea energy, © Getty images Energy

Carbon capture & storage, seismic imaging, reservoir geoscience, oil & gas, renewables & clean coal.

Aerial photograph Engineering geology

Urban geoscience, shallow geohazards, geotechnics geophysics...

Environmental Modelling Environmental modelling

3D geological model parameterisation; numerical process modelling techniques, coupled process modelling; uncertainty analysis; geostatistics and model and data integration...

Flooding Groundwater

Groundwater resources, quality, modelling, flooding, drought, aquifer monitoring...

Offshore exploration Marine

mapping, habitats, basin analysis, resources, hydrocarbon prospectivity, ocean drilling & geohazards...

Mineral exploration Minerals and waste

Statistics, policy analysis, international development, metallogenesis & security of supply...

Other research activities

Students on a fieldtrip BUFI

The BGS University Funding Initiative; encouraging and funding PhD science.

Citizen Science Crowdmap Citizen science

Help us learn more about our environment by posting your geological observations.

Flood plain Cross-cutting projects

Collaborative interdisciplinary projects underpinned with 3D models.

Landscape Current activities
A selection of research activities from international and UK projects.
Earthquake Earthquakes

Some recent earthquakes from around the world.

Landslide damage at a holiday park in Brighstone Bay, Isle of Wight Geohazard notes

The BGS has prepared a number of ‘geohazard notes’ to provide relevant summary information for some of the geohazards that could affect the UK.

Landslide damage at a holiday park in Brighstone Bay, Isle of Wight Natural Hazards Partnership

Bringing together expertise across the UK's public sector agencies to provide advice in preparation, response and review of natural hazards.

Outputs Outputs

Metrics and compilations of research outputs in year