Geoscience technologies

Spatial geoscience visualisation

Activities within the geoscience technologies theme integrate research and development across technologies that provide key observations and help us to build and populate 3D and 4D models. These technologies include

  • satellite and airborne remote sensing
  • ground-based geophysical measurements
  • software modules, workflows, standards and best practice guidance, developed to underpin digital geological modelling and mapping

Digital field data capture has replaced the geologists notebook and field slip; recent advances in wireless telemetry permit the observation and monitoring of temporal earth processes which could not previously be captured by repeat manual surveys; and immersive visualisation brings the geologists' field areas into their office to greatly improve our understanding of complex earth systems. All of these technologies deliver efficiency gains. They maximise the scientific return from valuable time spent in the field, help standardise data gathering operations and support the visualisation and fusion of complex geoscience datasets.

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Related research

Earth and planetary observation and mapping Earth and planetary observation and mapping

This team is focused on the development and application of remote sensing, data collection and visualisation technologies to support a wide range of geoscience applications.


Geophysical tomography Geophysical tomography

The Geophysical Tomography (GTom) team provides leading-edge technology for non-invasive geoelectrical imaging of the shallow subsurface.


Geological modelling systems Geological modelling systems

The Geological Modelling Systems team develops cutting-edge geological modelling systems in support of BGS Science and Information Services.


Mathematical modelling Mathematical modelling

The BGS Mathematical Modelling Team researches and develops technologies that utilise mathematical modelling to understand the subsurface.


3D Geology 3D Geology

3D models help us visualise the ground beneath our feet without the need for training in complex geological techniques.


Systems geology Systems geology

Systems geology views geology as a set of interacting objects and processes that function as a whole. It aims to harmonise many aspects of geological information with the e-scientists' vision of a comprehensive global knowledge system.