An aerial survey of Cornwall and other parts of the South West will be launched next week to map the geology, natural resources and environment of the region.
A small survey aircraft will fly across parts of Cornwall, Devon and Somerset to collect data from Thursday through to November.
The aim of Tellus South West is to provide scientific data that will be used to benefit the economy, environment, agriculture, land management and health of South West England.
It will expand the geological knowledge of the region, contribute to a greater understanding of natural hazards -such as landslides and flooding - and provide a baseline against which future environmental change can be measured.
The Tellus South West project includes aerial surveys of the earth’s surface and subsurface linked to ground based surveys of stream sediments, waters and natural habitats.
The project is an initiative of the BGS, British Antarctic Survey (BAS), and Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), working with Camborne School of Mines (CSM) at the University of Exeter.
Dr Andrew Howard, from the British Geological Survey said: “ Tellus South West is about understanding the complexities of our environment, and how we can adapt to change.
“It’s about sustainable development and use of resources. It’s about the legacy we leave for future generations in the south west peninsula of England.’’
Professor Frances Wall, from the Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter said “We are delighted to be involved in this survey that will help us understand the geology, natural resources and environment of South West England.
“ Our role is to ensure that local researchers, companies, government and other organisations are fully aware of the survey so that they can gain maximum benefit from the results.”
The survey aircraft will fly at 80m above ground over open countryside and 250m or higher clearance over towns and tall buildings.
The survey will be launched at an open day on August 8 at the Classic Airforce Museum in Newquay.