If you need to find out more about the subsurface of any given area of Great Britain, whether for academic or commercial purpose, the most comprehensive collection of information is at the National Geoscience Data Centre. Part of the British Geological Survey (BGS), this national collection is used to support the Survey's own mapping programme, and is the NERC's designated data centre for the earth sciences.
The NGDC comprises data gathered or generated by the BGS or its precursors, as part of its national strategic mapping programme, in addition to data provided by NERC award holders and external organisations.
Enquiries should be directed to NGDC by default. Environmental data relevant to the earth sciences are also held elsewhere:
- Polar Data Centre
- Dundee Satellite Receiving Station
AVHRR, CZCS, SeaWiFS
- NERC Earth Observation Data Centre
Holdings of commercially available satellite data and data from NERC's airborne surveys, some of which are relevant to the Earth sciences
- National Oceanography Centre, Southampton - SeaDOG
Deep ocean geophysics; British Mid-Ocean Ridge programme