New Centre for Earth and Marine Science and Technology to be based in Edinburgh

Heather Haynes ( and Tom Aspray (School of Life Sciences Heriot-Watt) actively developed research proposals in flood risk and soil geoscience with BGS staff

The British Geological Survey (BGS) and Heriot-Watt University are joining forces in to create a new centre for Earth and Marine Science and Technology.  Based at Heriot-Watt University’s Edinburgh Campus, the Sir Charles Lyell Centre will be one of Europe's leading centres for research and expertise in the earth and marine sciences.  In the spirit of collaboration researchers from both institutions came together at a 2-day ‘Research Futures’ event.  Prof. Garry Pender, Dr. Heather Haynes and Dr. Catherine Morgan were there to represent and open up dialogue for further collaboration between network members and BGS researchers. 

Heather Haynes commented on "...a plethora of stimulating discussions with BGS staff which have opened my eyes to areas of geoscience research where our collaboration in flood risk science can make a huge impact in addressing today’s societal challenges".

Specific to, she highlights that research discussions raised four immediate areas of common interest:

(I) complementarity of existing BGS data with our own flood risk research needs, particularly remotely sensed data and sediment core data;

(II) urgent need for improved groundwater modelling using combined hydrogeological and surface based approaches;

(III) extension of flood data records, using historical flood records from existing BGS varve chronologies;

(IV) requirement for geohazard identification and mapping for wider environmental risk analysis, including river and coastal flood risk.

Although a second BGS Exchange Event is planned for 2015, we would encourage members to consider if BGS could be of more immediate benefit to their current research projects; if so, please contact Catherine or Heather and they will provide appropriate contact details.  You can read the full story here.