The British Geological Survey is a world-leading geological survey. It focuses on public-good science for government, and research to understand earth and environmental processes.

It is the UK's premier provider of objective and authoritative geoscientific data, information and knowledge to help society to:

  • use its natural resources responsibly
  • manage environmental change
  • be resilient to environmental hazards

The BGS provides expert services and impartial advice in all areas of geoscience. Our client base is drawn from the public and private sectors both in the UK and internationally.

BGS core values

Defining our culture | guiding how we work together | informing our decision-making


  • Our professional competence enables us to be objective
  • We provide scientific evidence to enable our clients to make informed decisions


  • We continually develop and apply our geological and technical expertise
  • We are committed to acquiring, expanding and disseminating scientific data and information

Societal impacts

  • We work for the benefit of society
  • We meet the changing needs of society with responsive, innovative and interdisciplinary science
BGS logo What is the BGS?

Who we are?
What do we do?
Our Past: a short history of the BGS.

Organogram and structure The Structure of BGS

Structure, organisation and management team.
BGS Advisory Committee: function and members.

Copyright symbol Copyright — intellectual property

How to apply for a copyright or digital data licence.
How to acknowledge and use our material.
Commercial and non-commercial use.

Cover of BGS Annual Report Corporate Reports

Strategy. Annual Report, Economic benefits: learn how 'BGS can carry out work that would be impossible for other organisations.'
Science audit: how the 'NERC gets excellent value for its investment in BGS'

Open book Policies and procedures

Accreditations, environmental policy, intellectual property rights — copyright,
feedback, freedom of information.

Open bookPublications Outputs

Citation search of BGS outputs from Scopus
Top 10 downloads from NORA all articles