Where is geoscience going?

John Ludden*

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This short article provides my views – and not necessarily views that are shared by the British Geological Survey, where I was executive director from 2006–19, or by the Earth science community in general. I have outlined some of the trends that I see as important for the geosciences, largely from a solid-Earth perspective. I stress that fundamental discovery science in this sector must be, and will largely continue to be, led by the academic community but that Earth sciences research needs to be more focused on problem solving rather than refining our knowledge of the problems that face the Earth system. Academics and government laboratories have distinct but complementary roles in the pursuit of discovery and in applied geoscience research and training of geoscientists.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Changing Role of Geological Surveys
PublisherGeological Society of London
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781786204769
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jul 2020

Publication series

NameGeological Society Special Publication
PublisherGeological Society of London
ISSN (Print)0305-8719
ISSN (Electronic)2041-4927

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Geology


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