Press releases

Press releases and announcements are compiled and issued by the BGS Press Office.


The UK Geoenergy Observatory in Glasgow has released data and images from up to 199 metres below the surface of the city.

The data will help scientists understand the subsurface better and shed light on how mine water heat could be used as a renewable energy source for homes and industry.

18 September 2020

View over the River Clyde, the site of the Glasgow Observatory.
The British Geological Survey (BGS) is laying the foundations for future mine water heat energy research, releasing detailed information packs including drilling logs, borehole construction details and overview hydraulic test data from the new geoenergy observatory in Glasgow.

12 August 2020

The BGS geology shop at London’s Natural History Museum. Image: British Geological Survey © UKRI
It’s good news for geology lovers! The British Geological Survey (BGS) shop at London’s Natural History Museum is re-opening its doors, after the pandemic left it closed since March.

5 August 2020

BGS logo

The British Geological Survey (BGS), has today unveiled a new brand and visual identity to reflect and support its vision for a safer, more sustainable environmental future.

The new-look BGS logo has been updated, with fresh typeface and design principles for all communications assets, products and services.

1 July 2020

Holy Loch, Scotland
Scientists identify hidden landslides beneath Scottish lochs.
Survey data shows five locations around the Scottish coast which are subject to underwater landslides.
Researchers at the British Geological Survey (BGS) in Edinburgh and the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) in Oban, are helping to understand landslide characteristics that have never been compiled into a single study for UK waters before.

26 June 2020

Photograph of the William Smith Building
The British Geological Survey (BGS) has today [Wednesday, 24 June] entered a memorandum of understanding (MoU) agreement with Radioactive Waste Management (RWM) to inform the UK’s geological disposal programme.
The two independent organisations today jointly published a five-year agreement that sets out a framework for collaborative work at strategic, technical and operational levels.

24 June 2020

Victorian gas holders, Paul Grogan Photography 2015
A new digital planning tool is helping authorities to estimate the ground risk and cost of developing brownfield sites in Greater Manchester.
The Brownfields Ground Risk Calculator is designed to understand and communicate the scale of risk and cost associated with brownfield ground conditions.
It shows the scale at which potential brownfield sites are expected to be affected by soil or groundwater contamination.
It also evaluates geotechnical hazards, such as land stability and ground gases which can affect building design, and estimates the costs required to mitigate the risks.

22 June 2020

Researchers at the British and US Geological Surveys have developed a new method for identifying risky faults with high potential to generate earthquakes.
Shallow earthquakes occur within the top 30 km of the Earth’s crust that is crossed by thousands of fault lines. Understanding which faults are likely to slip is the key for anticipating large aftershocks. In new research, scientists Margarita Segou and Tom Parsons, use visualisation techniques normally applied in chromosome sequencing to illustrate fault potential with hundreds of thousands of stress values used to characterize fault potential.

22 June 2020

Dr Marie Cowen
Director of the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland at the British Geological Survey (BGS), Dr Marie Cowan, has been elected a Member of the Royal Irish Academy 2020.

22 May 2020

African Savanna elephants: Fiona Sach / British Geological Survey © UKRI
Scientists are beginning to understand how African elephants adapt their movement patterns in search of essential nutrients in their diets, a problem which is leading elephants to live closer to human activity.

21 May 2020