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 Chairman 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 provides a forum for initiating ideas for stratigraphically orientated research projects that could be funded by external agencies (e.g. NERC
), initiating meetings, and publications and informing 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.