European Ornamental stone resources (EuroLithos)

Abstract

Ornamental stone has contributed significantly in shaping our rural and urban landscapes, through its use in our built heritage from different historical periods. Ornamental stone is today a raw material produced with great skills all over Europe, exploiting the vast diversity of European natural stone resources. Yet, the actual use of local and regional stone resources in Europe is decreasing, and so is the knowledge of the resources, traditions and skills. EuroLithos is founded on the idea that increased knowledge of the geology, quality and history of use of natural stone in Europe will stimulate both more sustainable use of stone resources in Europe for the benefit of SME’s and our cultural heritage, and a sound land use management for the safeguarding of ornamental stone deposits. EuroLithos addresses several aspects of the scope: identify and map the type and quality of construction materials, and provide tools and protocols for the assessment and comparison of deposits. EuroLithos will also address cultural heritage and building preservation aspects, since the maintenance of European heritage and a living stone industry are mutually dependent. EuroLithos will result in an ornamental stone knowledge base under the umbrella of EGDI, covering harmonised spatial data on European stone resources, atlas of resources and use, a directory of ornamental stone properties and guidelines for valorising ornamental stone heritage. EuroLithos will work in close collaboration with the GeoEra Information Platform. The EuroLithos consortium is composed of 16 partners from 14 countries, collectively forming a strong and innovative research group.

Project website

Further details about the project will be available later.

Budget and participants

The total budget for the project is 1 100 357 € of which the funded participants contribute 773 551 € and the EC contributes 326 806 €.

Work Packages

WP1. Project management. Lead: NGU, contact Tom Heldal (tom.heldal@ngu.no)
WP2. Dissemination and communication. Lead: NGU
WP3. Atlas of European Ornamental Stones. Lead: LNEG
WP4. Directory of ornamental stone properties. Lead: IGME Gr
WP5. Ornamental Stone heritage. Lead: HGI-CSG
WP6. Link to information platform. Lead: NGU

The Participants and their contributions
Partner short name Partner Legal Name Country Person months
NGU (coordinator) NORGES GEOLOGISKE UNDERSØKELSE Norway

18,0

LNEG LABORATORIO NACIONAL DE ENERGIA E GEOLOGIA I.P. Portugal

20,0

SGU SVERIGES GEOLOGISKA UNDERSÖKNING Sweden

3,0

IGME Sp INSTITUTO GEOLÓGICO Y MINERO DE ESPAÑA Spain

8,0

IGME Gr INSTITOUTO GEOLOGIKON KAI METALLEFTIKON EREVNON IGME, Institute of Geology and Mineral Exploration Greece

24,0

SGSS REGIONE EMILIA ROMAGNA  Servizio Geologico, Sismico e dei Suoli della Regione Emilia-Romagna Italy

6,0

RT REGIONE TOSCANA , sistema informativo territoriale e ambientale – p.o. geologia Italy

2,5

GeoZS GEOLOŠKI ZAVOD SLOVENIJE Slovenia

15,0

GBA GEOLOGISCHE BUNDESANSTALT Austria

3,0

IGR INSTITUTUL GEOLOGIC AL ROMANIEI Romania

19,9

GEOINFORM STATE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ENTERPRISE STATE INFORMATION GEOLOGICAL FUND OF UKRAINE Ukraine

13,5

GSI GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF IRELAND Ireland

5,5

ISPRA INSTITUTO SUPERIORE PER LA PROTEZIONE E LA RICERCA AMBIENTALE Italy

9,0

HGI-CGS HRVATSKI GEOLOSKI INSTITUT Croatia

14,2

GSD Cyprus Geological Survey Department Cyprus

6,0

SGL SERVICE GÉOLOGIQUE DU LUXEMBOURG Luxembourg

0,5