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Stratigraphy Commission

Shallow-marine strata of Oxfordian (Upper Jurassic) age near Osmington Mills, Dorset. This location is part of the Jurassic World Heritage Site

Photo caption: Shallow-marine strata of Oxfordian (Upper Jurassic) age near Osmington Mills, Dorset, UK. This location is part of the Jurassic World Heritage Site.

As a constituent body of the Geological Society, the Commission represents the appropriate professional interests of all British geoscientists. It is independent of any individual institution, be it industrial, academic or the British Geological Survey.

The Commission promotes as vigorously as possible, the interests of all aspects of stratigraphy, by working closely with appropriate international bodies, especially the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS ) and its largest commission the International Commission on Stratigraphy (ICS). The Chair of the Stratigraphy Commission is a member of the IUGS/IUGG national committee.

The Commission contributes to the efforts of the ICS through interaction with executive members of the ICS and also through the involvement of Commission members with the various sub-commissions of the ICS.The Commission also establishes British links with the global chronostratigraphic scale through its Special Report series published by the Geological Society.

Importantly the Commission publishes stratigraphically focussed publications, supports and initiates meetings and original research projects, and informs government on important Earth Science issues.

The Commission also liaises with the British Geological Survey (BGS) and industry to help bring order to the United Kingdoms stratigraphical nomenclature.

Latest Publication

front cover of Deciphering Earth's History - the Practice of StratigraphyThe Commission are delighted to announce the publication of their new book on stratigraphical techniques entitled Deciphering Earth’s History: the Practice of Stratigraphy. The chapters have been written by 40 experts from academia, industry and the British Geological Survey, these are either members of the Commission or colleagues. More information, including a list of contents and how to order can be found on the book’s web page.

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Professor Angela L. Coe
School of Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences,
The Open University,
Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA


Professor Colin N. Waters 
School of Geography, Geology and Environmental Science, 
University of Leicester,  
Leicester, LE1 7RH


Dr Kirsty M. Edgar 
School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Science, 
University of Birmingham,  
Birmingham, B15 2TT