INSPIRE Knowledge Base

British Geological Survey (Natural Environment Reseach Council)

LMO Description
Organisation: 
British Geological Survey (Natural Environment Reseach Council)
Proposed role in INSPIRE development
  • allocate experts to Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • submit reference material as input to the Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • submit reference material as input to the Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • register a project to test/revise/develop the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • be kept informed
  • yes
    Details
    Level of authority: 
    National
    UK
    Formal Mandate: 
    <p>As a public sector organisation we are responsible for advising the UK government on all aspects of geoscience as well as providing impartial geological advice to industry, academia and the public. </p> <p>The BGS was formed in 1835 and formally established by the Geological Survey Act in 1845. BGS is a component organisation of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), which is the UK's leading body for basic, strategic and applied research and monitoring in the environmental sciences. The NERC was founded by Royal Charter in 1965 and reports to the UK government's Office of Science and Technology under the Department of Trade and Industry.</p> <p>Our mandate is to advance geoscientific knowledge of the United Kingdom landmass and its continental shelf by systematic surveying, long-term monitoring, effective data management and high-quality applied research. </p> <p>To provide comprehensive, objective, impartial and up-to-date geoscientific information, advice and services, to the client and user community in the United Kingdom and overseas, enabling safe,sustainable and efficient choices to be made in managing the environment and utilising its resources, thereby contributing to national economic competitiveness, the effectiveness of public policy and the quality of life. </p> <p>To disseminate information in the community, and promote the public understanding of science, to demonstrate the importance of geoscience to resource and environmental issues. </p>
    Main Activities: 
    Our scientific programme has two key elements: A Core Strategic programme funded from the UK government's Science Budget and administered through the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). The programme entails long-term geoscientific surveying, monitoring and databasing, underpinned by applied research. A Commissioned programme of surveying and research undertaken for clients but with an essential aim that it should enhance the public-good objectives of the Core Strategic programme. BGS carries out work that increases our knowledge about the earth and our understanding of geological processes that are fundamental to the successful development and sustainable management of our planet. Geoscience impacts in some way or the other upon all our lives, whether it be through our requirement for minerals, energy resources and water, or our need to understand the processes, both natural and human-influenced, that lead to soil and groundwater pollution, subsidence, coastal erosion, or the timing and frequency of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. We need also to map and characterise the surface and subsurface disposition of rock formations and superficial deposits, both in order to provide the above understanding, and to assist developers, environmentalists and other interested individuals who wish to know about the ground conditions within a geographically defined area. An essential function of the BGS is thus to examine, monitor, experimentally research, document and dynamically model the physical and chemical subsurface environment. In addition, we have a duty to inform the public about the importance of the geological sciences and to instill in them an interest and an appreciation of the natural landscape in terms both of its educational and recreational value. Our annual budget is in the region of £37M, about half of which comes from the UK government's Science Budget, with the remainder coming from commissioned research from the public and private sectors. The BGS has its headquarters at Keyworth, just outside Nottingham, and we have a large regional office at Edinburgh, as well as offices at Wallingford, Exeter, London and Cardiff. Our parent body, the Natural Environment Research Council , has its offices at Swindon. Note that BGS also has an extensive international programme
    Area of work/experience
    Geographic Domain:: 
    National
    UK
    Societal Sector: 
    All
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development: 
    BGS is the UK national geological survey. It operates extensively throughout the UK, in Europe and internationally in all disciplines of geoscience. It makes extensive and leading edge use of GIS and 3 and 4 Dimensional modelling systems and has 170 years experience of dealing in spatial data. It is recognised a world leader in geoscience information management and systems.
    Primary Business: 
    Nattional geological survey and research
    Environmental application domains: 
    All