- British Geological Survey
name = British Geological Survey
type = Government agency
foundation = 1835
Henry De la Beche
key_people = Dr.
num_employees = 800
parent = NERC
homepage = http://www.bgs.ac.uk/. 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 Museumand 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 governmenton all aspects of geoscience, as well as providing impartial advice on geologicalmatters to the public, academics and industry. BGS is a component body of the UK Natural Environment Research Councilwhich 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, geochemicaland hydrogeologicalmaps, descriptions and related digital databases. One of the key strategic aims for the next decadeis to complete the transition from 2-Dmapping 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.
* [http://www.bgs.ac.uk British Geological Survey homepage]
* [http://www.nerc.ac.uk Natural Environment Research Council homepage]
* [http://www.bgs.ac.uk/annualreport/0607/0607.html BGS Annual Report]
* [http://www.bgs.ac.uk/research/what/technologies_dmm.html Geological Modelling in BGS]
* [http://www.bgs.ac.uk/laboratories/mineralogy/industrial.html Industrial Minerals in BGS]
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