UK Geoenergy Observatories

UK Geoenergy Observatories

Since 2018, Sense about Science has been working with the British Geological Survey (BGS) and the Natural Environment Council (NERC) to create an online open data resource to accompany the creation of, and research findings from, the UK Geoenergy Observatories. This is now available here:

The UK Geoenergy Observatories will be world leading research facilities, opening up our understanding of the world beneath our feet as never before. Based in Cardiff, Cheshire and Glasgow, they are scientific test beds in three locations with very different geological characteristics. Together they will create a ‘Macroscope of the Earth’. Experiments carried out by earth scientists at the observatories could help address some of the world’s biggest energy challenges and understand the potential risks of geoenergy – and how to avoid them.

Given the intense public debate about geoenergy, it is vital that everyone who is interested can get hold of sound, impartial information about it. By working with people with a range of perspectives, our hope is that all who visit the website – from people with a casual interest in the observatories, to local residents or specialist researchers – will find it informative and easy to use.

The website will be developing constantly as new data from the boreholes is added, so it would be great to hear what you think of it and to get your tips on how we make the data as accessible as possible. You can give feedback here:

We are very keen to continue to collaborate on the website and our research so please do get in touch.

Read the full joint statement about the development of the UK Geoenergy Observatories and website.