Table 7.1.

General checklist for desk study information

Examples of sources of information
TopographyMaps, nautical charts and plans; aerial photographs; satellite and aerial imagery
Geology, geomorphology and hydrogeologyMaps, nautical charts and plans; memoirs; unpublished reports; aerial photographs; satellite and aerial imagery; published papers and books; mine and quarry records; thematic databases; previous site investigations
Environment and planningMaps; county and local authority plans; aerial photographs; satellite and aerial imagery; archaeological site and historic building records; contaminated land records; environmental impact assessments; climate records; river and coastal information;
Site condition, land use and historyCounty and local authority plans; land use maps; historic maps; historical documents; aerial photographs; satellite and aerial imagery;
Local knowledgeLocal historical societies; site residents; previous site users; construction records; Building Control office
PrecedentCase histories; construction records
Field reconnaissance‘Skilled-eye’ inspection of the site and its surrounds; ground truth reconnaissance; visits to specific localities
Codes, standards, regulations and guidanceProfessional bodies and institutes; Government departments; research organizations and universities.
  • Adapted for the UK from Shilston et al. (2012).