British Geological Survey opens offshore datasets

Offshore staff

KEYWORTH, UK – The British Geological Survey (BGS) has released 800,000 km (497,097 mi) of data on the geology of the seabed around the UK.

The information can be downloaded free of charge, accompanied by digital maps of the UK continental shelf (UKCS), produced in collaboration with the Crown Estate.

It has been derived from 18,500 paper records that have been scanned and can now be viewed online on the BGS Offshore GeoIndex.

Bob Gatliff, BGS’ director of Marine and Energy Geoscience, said the release of the single-channel shallow-marine seismic data represents should benefit offshore developers.

Marine geologist Keith Westhead added: “The Offshore GeoIndex now includes a critical mass of open data and geological mapping, meaning it is the ‘must see/go to’ resource for UK offshore studies.

“The new ‘clip-zip-ship’ tools make it an efficient and practical starting point for projects studying the seabed and subsurface across the UKCS.”


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