Geoscience for Society

Geology plays an essential role in many areas of the economy. Economic growth and sustainability, as well as societal well-being, will require reliable supplies of energy and mineral resources, a dependable supply of clean water and the secure and sustainable production of food. All this will be contingent on sustained investment in technology, infrastructure, education and skills development. Geology (sometimes referred to more broadly as Earth science or geoscience) is the study of our planet’s structure, and the processes which have shaped it throughout its long history – and which continue to do so. It underpins the provision of most of the resources on which the UK’s population and industry depend, including energy, minerals, water and food.