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Absolute fixing of tide gauge benchmarks and land levels : the BGS contribution to a report on a study of the London and Thames estuary region

By D.T. Aldiss, H.F. Burke, B.C. Chacksfield and D.G. Tragheim

Abstract

This report comprises material submitted as the British Geological Survey (BGS) contribution to the final report of a project measuring changes in land and sea levels using high precision global positioning system (GPS) surveying, absolute gravimetry (AG), persistent scatterer interferometry (PSI) and tide gauge records. Data was collected during the period 1997 to 2005 for a National study of changes around the coast of Great Britain, and a Regional study of changes along parts of the Thames Estuary and the River Thames at London.\ud Since 2003, the national study has been funded by the Joint DEFRA/EA Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management R&D Programme, and a regional study, funded by the Environment Agency Thames Estuary 2100 project. The national study was carried out jointly by the Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory (POL) and the University of Nottingham’s Institute of Engineering Surveying and Space Geodesy (IESSG). The regional study was led by IESSG and carried out jointly by IESSG, POL, Nigel Press Associates Ltd. (NPA) and the British Geological Survey (BGS).\ud The item in the project research plan relevant the main BGS input is Objective 08:\ud ‘The estimates of changes in absolute ground level for the regional network of 13 GPS stations and a few thousand PSI points (output from 07) will be analysed, and geological interpretations presented using the geological database and other available information’.\ud The final project report includes a condensed version of this material, with only a few of the figures. That is due to be published as Environment Agency R&D Technical Report FD2319/TR.\ud The\ud geological setting of the London region is described in a report for the EA/NERC CONNECT B project (Bingley et al., 1999), and by Ellison et al. (2004)

Topics: Earth Sciences
Publisher: British Geological Survey
Year: 2006
OAI identifier: oai:nora.nerc.ac.uk:10300

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