British Geological Survey

British Geological Survey

Infobox Company
name = British Geological Survey

type = Government agency
foundation = 1835
founder = Henry De la Beche
location = Keyworth, Nottinghamshire
key_people = Dr. John Ludden (Director)
area_served = UK
industry = Geoscience
num_employees = 800
parent = NERC
homepage =
. The current motto of the BGS is: Geoscience for decision making.

History and previous names

The Geological Survey was founded in 1835, making it the world's oldest national geological survey. In 1965, it was merged with the Geological Museum and Overseas Geological Surveys, under the name of "Institute of Geological Sciences". On the 1st January 1984, the latter was renamed British Geological Survey (BGS), a denomination still carried today.


The BGS advises the British government on all aspects of geoscience, as well as providing impartial advice on geological matters to the public, academics and industry. BGS is a component body of the UK Natural Environment Research Council which is the UK's leading body for fundamental, strategic and applied research and monitoring in the environmental sciences. The core outputs of the BGS include geological, geophysical, geochemical and hydrogeological maps, descriptions and related digital databases. One of the key strategic aims for the next decade is to complete the transition from 2-D mapping to a 3-D modelling culture. The BGS has an annual budget of £57M, about half of which comes from the government's Science Budget, with the remainder coming from commissioned research from the public and private sectors.

External links

* [ British Geological Survey homepage]
* [ Natural Environment Research Council homepage]
* [ BGS Annual Report]
* [ Geological Modelling in BGS]
* [ Industrial Minerals in BGS]

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