Citizen science at BGS

mySoil user uploads

What is citizen science?

Citizen science is a term used for projects in which individual volunteers or networks of volunteers, many of whom may have no specific scientific training, perform or manage research-related tasks such as observation, measurement, or computation.

The use of citizen science networks often allows scientists to accomplish research objectives more feasibly than would otherwise be possible. In addition, these projects aim to promote public engagement with the research, as well as with science in general.

Selected BGS citizen science

britishGeologicalSurvey.crowdmap.com

Share your observations about temporary geological exposures — GeoExposures — or geological hazards (such as a landslides or flooding).

EXtreme EXposures

Calling all adventurers, intrepid geology fans and keen photographers; in some parts of the UK the BGS photographic coverage is limited due to extreme terrain or difficult to reach vantage points. The BGS is asking for your help to photograph these 'EXposures'!

Have you felt an earthquake?

A short questionnaire to record what people experienced during an earthquake. It helps us quickly gather a large volume of information that suports instrumental data and may give vital information, about the level of shaking, to emergency services.

mySoil

mySoil is an iPhone/iPad app that includes an option for the public to upload information about the soil where

they live, helping to improve knowledge about the properties of soils and the vegetation habitats that they provide.

Report a flood event

Send us information or photographs of recent flood events in your area. We will record events and this information will help us to further understand flooding processes and how to best mitigate against this hazard.

Report a landslide

The Landslides Team at BGS record the landslides of Great Britain. Please tell us about any British landslides you may have seen on TV, heard about on the radio or read in newspapers etc. Perhaps you have been affected in some way or seen a landslide happen yourself?

School seismology

The UK School Seismology project enables schools to detect signals from large earthquakes happening anywhere in the world. Participtating UK schools can upload data from their seismometers and share it with other schools around the world.

Volcano eruption ash collection

Collecting samples of volcanic ash can be very simple and helps to provide information on the distribution of the ash fall.

Terms and conditions

By uploading and depositing photos or materials, you, as depositor, do so on the understanding they may be used/re-used by others.

By depositing photos and materials you take full responsibility:

  1. to ensure that they are owned by you (or you have permission to do so); and
  2. understand that liability regarding their use/re-use may lie with you as depositor.

If there are doubts about ownership, check first before making a deposit on BGS citizen science sites.

BGS Citizen Science operates under the code of a: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License. Link: Creative Commons License

Contact

For further information about citizen science in the BGS contact bgscitizenscience