Cross-border, cross-thematic multiscale framework for combining geological models and data for resource appraisal and policy support (GeoConnect³d)

Abstract

The GeoConnect³d project develops and tests a new methodological approach to prepare and disclose geological information for policy support and subsurface management. The improved approach uses two regional case studies – the Roer-to-Rhine region and the Pannonian Basin. These regional, cross-border case studies are chosen to be complementary and sufficiently different in geological setting and degree of implementation of subsurface exploitation and management, in order to maximize their pan-European relevance. A novel bottom-up approach introduces two concepts that increase the geological understanding of an area and are aimed at providing a coherent geological context for evaluating subsurface applications and resolving subsurface management issues. The first new concept is the structural framework as a means of joining existing models of different scale and resolution to clarify the importance of planar structures in a way that makes the geology understandable to stakeholders involved in subsurface management. The second concept is that of geomanifestations. These specific expressions of geological processes are important sources of information for improving geological understanding. The structural framework models annotated with geomanifestations allow the integration and evaluation of complex cross-thematic research. The two bottom-up regional case studies form the study material for a top-down, more generic evaluation of potentially interacting subsurface activities that allows revisiting and refining state-of-the-art methods. Valorisation of regional results at pan-European level is ensured by testing the methodologies in two smaller pilot areas in Germany and Ireland.

Project website

Further details about the project can be found here.

Work packages

WP1: Project Management Plan
WP2: Interface package & Methodology
WP3: Roer-to-Rhine
WP4: Pannonian Basin
WP5: Sharing the case studies

Budget and participants

The total budget for the project is 1,827,753.07 € of which the participants contribute 1,284,910.41 € and the EC contributes 542,842.66 €.

The participants and their contributions in terms of Person Months are:


Funded partners

# Participant Legal Name Institution Country Person Months
1 Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences – Geological Survey of Belgium (Project Coordinator) RBINS-GSB Belgium

47.92

2 Vlaams Planbureau voor Omgeving VPO Belgium

8.5

Vlaams Instituut voor Technologisch Onderzoek
VITO will act as a third party of VPO
VITO Belgium

25.8

4 Federalni zavod za geologiju – Geological Survey of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina FZZG Bosnia and Herzegovina

23.1

5 Hrvatski Geološki Institut – Croatian Geological Survey HGI-CGS Croatia

23.55

6 Ceska Geologicka Sluzba – Czech Geological Survey CGS Czech Republic

3.0

7 Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières BRGM France

12.0

8 Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe BGR Germany

1.5

9 Bayerisches Landesamt für Umwelt LfU Germany

12.0

10 Magyar Bányászati és Földtani Szolgálat – Mining and Geological Survey of Hungary MBFSZ Hungary

63.0

11 Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment – Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI) GSI Ireland

12.0

12 Service Géologique du Luxembourg SGL Luxemburg

3.0

13 Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek TNO Netherlands

13.0

14 Państwowy Instytut Geologiczny – Państwowy Instytut Badawczy PIG-PIB Poland

12.0

15 Institutul Geologic al României IGR Romania

24.0

16 Geological Survey of Serbia GSS Serbia

21.0

17 State Geological Institute of Dionyz Stur SGIDS Slovakia

6.0

18 Geološki zavod Slovenije GeoZS Slovenia

18.9

19 State Research and Development Enterprise “State Information Geological Fund of Ukraine” GeoInform Ukraine

2.6

 

Non-funded partner

# Participant Legal Name Institution Country Person Months
20 Geologischer Dienst Nordrhein-Westfalen GD NRW Germany

2.0