University of Nottingham and the British Geological Society have announced a new joint venture to focus on geochemistry research.
The Centre for Environmental Geochemistry will initially focus on and biogeochemical nutrient and pollutant cycling in soils for agriculture development and food security but the centre has ambitions to also look at fluid flow through the ground.
According to the CEG, greater understanding of how fluids move through rocks and change their geochemistry is particularly important for water resource protection, shale gas extraction and radioactive waste management.
The new centre will open on 1 April this year and be headed up by recently appointed BGS director Melanie Lang.
University of Nottingham has said that the CEG is likely to be the first of a series of collaborations with the BGS following signing of an agreement between the two organisations. This agreement follows on from the joint work established in 2010 on carbon capture and storage.