British Geological Survey (BGS)
Founded in 1835, the British Geological Survey (BGS) is the world’s oldest national geological
survey. A public sector organisation and the UK’s premier earth science centre, it provides impartial geologic advice to governments, industry, academia and the public. BGS is
part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the UK’s leading body for research
and monitoring in environmental science. Founded in 1965 by Royal Charter, NERC
reports to the UK Government’s Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills. BGS undertakes
an extensive programme of overseas research, surveying and monitoring, including
major institutional strengthening programme's in the developing world. BGS International has
worked extensively for the key development agencies including the UK Department for International
Development (DFID), World Bank, European Union, Development Banks, World
Health Organisation and United Nations agencies. All BGS’s International scientific activities
are directed toward development issues such as sustainable resource development, the protection
of people and the natural environment from geological hazards, quality of life and
BGS has a long history of involvement in the application of Earth Observation technologies to mining. BGS was one of the core partners in the EC FP5 project MINEO, developing the application of hyperspectral data to mine waste characterisation and monitoring. The two key MINEO personnel will be involved in
EU-MINERS. BGS has also been involved in the European Space Agency (ESA) GMES Service Element Terrafirma, developing ground motion monitoring for a range of environments, including mine sites. For the past three years it has led efforts by participating geological surveys and engineering organisations to understand geologic causes of motion at all Terrafirma study sites, as well as operating two sites itself and overseeing a major activity on the validation of PSInSAR data. GMES projects are the mainstay of Europe’s contribution to the Group on Earth Observations and the building of the Global Earth Observing System of Systems. BGS are active in GMES in other ways, too; for example, participating in and leading a work package for the EC FP6 GMES Network of Users, GNU. Within FP7, they lead the GEOSS work package within the African EU Georesource Observing System (AEGOS).
Key persons involved:
Professor Stuart Marsh
Stuart received his PhD on geologic remote sensing from the University of Durham. Since 1991 he has developed BGS EO applications to mine waste characterisation, environmental geoscience, geohazards and geologic mapping; he is currently BGS’s Head of Geoscience Technologies. Having served on the Expert Group that wrote the NERC EO Strategy, he now Chairs their EO Director's Advisory Board. He represents the UK as co-Chair of the Group on Earth Observation’s (GEO) Science and Technology Committee and of GEO's Geohazard Community of Practice.
His Framework Programme experience began a decade ago when he ran the UK test site in MINEO, a predecessor project to EO-MINERS. He is also responsible for the GEO work package in AEGOS. Within GMES, he Chaired Terrafirma’s Product Validation Workgroup, which coordinated geological inputs to the project, and is a member of the Terrafirma Extension project's User Executive Board. He runs the GMES Network of Users’ International Stakeholder Group.
Dr Colm Jordan
Colm Jordan received his BA from University College Dublin, an MSc in Environment Remote Sensing from the University of Aberdeen and a PhD in geological remote sensing from the University of London. Colm is the BGS Earth Observation Principal Researcher and is Team Leader of the Earth and Planetary Observation and Mapping Programme in BGS (NERC). With experience as a geological consultant and university lecturer prior to BGS, he now leads technology development and mapping projects at the BGS and has over 15 years of professional experience. Currently he manages an EU MSSP Airborne Geophysics Project in Ghana and a BGS project developing and implementing digital mapping techniques. PSInSAR and EO for geohazards, as well as 3D visualisation and developing publishing techniques are coordinated by Colm in his role as Team Leader. As Chair of the BGS (NERC) Information Futures Team, he leads horizon scanning of technologies and systems for geoscience applications. He is also an elected member of the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society Council, of which is also a Fellow, and sits on the NERC Airborne Research and Survey Facility (ARSF) Steering Committee.
Dr R D Ogilvy
Richard Ogilvy received a B.Sc in Physics from the University of Leicester, an M.Sc in Applied Geophysics from the University of Birmingham and a Ph.D. in Geophysics from the University of Leicester in 1987 (thesis on Transient Electromagnetic methodology). He worked for the Bureau of Mineral Resources in Australia for 6 years where he was involved in base metal and uranium exploration. He returned to the UK in 1978 to join the British Geological Survey where he currently leads the Geophysical Tomography team. He has worked extensively on mineral, groundwater, engineering and environmental geophysical problems and has led 9 multi-million euro transnational EU FP projects. He has published 142 papers, in a range of high-impact ISI journals and Conference Proceedings and was a former Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Engineering & Environmental Geophysics (the fore-runner of the Near Surface Geophysics Journal). He holds a US patent on non-intrusive Capacitive Resistively Imaging. He has served on the EAGE Research Committee and is on the Board of the Water supply and sanitation Technology Platform (WssTP) which advises the European Commission on its strategic research agenda. He is an active member of EAGE, SEG, EEGS, and ASEG.
Fiona McEvoy is a Principal Economic Geologist working within the Minerals science area of BGS. A citizen of the Republic of Ireland, she graduated in 1998 from University College Dublin with a Degree in Geology. Following graduation she worked as a geologist at Galmoy lead-zinc mine in County Kilkenny, Ireland, where she had the distinction of being their first female employee to routinely work underground. In 2000 she obtained a Masters Degree in Mineral Exploration from Leicester University. She joined BGS as an economic geologist in September 2001 and was elected a Professional Member of the Irish Institute of Geologists in 2005. Although primarily a research scientist, she has led a number of high-profile commissioned research projects for clients such as the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Scottish Executive Government. Recent research investigating the sterilisation of mineral resources has resulted in the revision of national minerals policy to include an obligatory protection of mineral resources within the land-use planning system in England. Current research includes modeling the environmental and socio-economic impact of different supply options for aggregate minerals into the 2012 Olympic Park in London (with the University of Leeds) and undertaking an assessment of the socio- economic and environmental costs and benefits of producing aggregate indigenously, providing recommendations for current UK policy.
Dr Barbara Palumbo-Roe
Barbara Palumbo-Roe received her BSc in Geology, an MSc in Mineralogy and a PhD in Trace Element Geochemistry from the University of Palermo, Italy. She is a senior process geochemist working within the BGS Mineral & Waste Area of Science. She leads research on the environmental impact assessment of past-mining activities, delivering several studies on the dispersal of metals and metalloids in the environment and their impact on ecosystem and human health. She has been UK Member of the EU committee for the development of technical measures of the EU Mine Waste Directive and provided consultancy support on the nature of waste from active and historical mineral workings in UK for the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and the Environment Agency (EA) in UK. She is a member of the International Mine Water Association (IMWA) and the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland.
Chloe Wrighton received a B.Sc in Geography and Geology from the University of Leicester in 2005, a Certificate in UK Planning Law and Practice from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2009 and a Certificate in Facilitation from Henley Business School in 2010. She worked for MJCA for approximately three years as an Environmental Consultant, project managing the production of applications for planning permission including Environmental Impact Assessments for aggregate and waste sites. Her technical involvement included responsibility for writing the Environmental Statement and the analysis of planning policy relevant to each site. In 2008 she joined the British Geological Survey where she has worked on projects relating to the safeguarding of mineral resources in England and Wales, an evaluation of the implementation of national minerals policy in England and an evaluation of decisions for aggregates working in designated areas since the introduction of the national policy document Minerals Policy Statement 1: Planning for Minerals. She is a member of the Geological Society of London and is on the committee for the East Midlands Regional Group.
Claire Fleming received her BSc in Geology from Cardiff University and an MSc in Remote Sensing and GIS from the University of Greenwich. Claire is the BGS hyperspectral remote sensing expert and has worked on many projects researching the impacts of mine waste on the environment using airborne hyperspectral data, including the European wide MINEO project. Claire is also experienced in the use of handheld field spectrometers including the PIMA SP and ASD Fieldspec Pro, and has many years of experience interpreting spectral data. Claire has previously been the treasurer of the Geological Remote Sensing Group, a post which she held for six years, and is currently beginning a post as joint UK secretariat for the GEO work package.