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

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.
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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


2 Vlaams Planbureau voor Omgeving VPO Belgium


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


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


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


6 Ceska Geologicka Sluzba – Czech Geological Survey CGS Czech Republic


7 Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières BRGM France


8 Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe BGR Germany


9 Bayerisches Landesamt für Umwelt LfU Germany


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


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


12 Service Géologique du Luxembourg SGL Luxemburg


13 Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek TNO Netherlands


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


15 Institutul Geologic al României IGR Romania


16 Geological Survey of Serbia GSS Serbia


17 State Geological Institute of Dionyz Stur SGIDS Slovakia


18 Geološki zavod Slovenije GeoZS Slovenia


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



Non-funded partner

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