GeoERA starts with 15 projects to deliver a European Geological Knowledge Base

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Yvonne Schavemaker

TNO, Utrecht, The Netherlads

The EPOS Newsletter issue 04
October 2018 | Article 03

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ERANET participants

ERANET participants

This summer the GeoERA H2020 ERA-NET started with 15 geoscientific transnational research projects that were selected after an independent call for proposals organized by the participating European Geological Survey Organisations (GSOs). This call resulted in a 30M EUR research programme on applied geosciences, which is supported by one third by the European Commission while two thirds are covered by the GSOs themselves.

GeoERA will harmonize and provide access to data and information across borders and stimulate the sustainable use and management of the subsurface for European groundwater, energy and mineral resources. GeoERA will deliver a European geological knowledge base that will help to answer questions regarding the availability, accessibility, management and protection of these subsurface resources and minimizing the impact of associated activities on the environment.

Within a strong collaborative network of 48 partners from 33 countries the GSOs will work together to advise European policy and decisionmakers. For this, GeoERA partners use their national mandate and long-standing experience in collecting and maintaining subsurface data and information and applying this knowledge to the dynamic challenges of society.

GeoERA project findings will be disseminated to the public through the already established European Geological Data Infrastructure (EGDI). EGDI has been developed by the GSOs within EuroGeoSurveys. EGDI, together with GeoERA, represent an important part of EGS’ strategic vision in establishing a Geological Service for Europe.

EGDI already hosts a lot of relevant data from previous projects that were carried out by GSOs and is, for example, closely linked to the Raw Materials Information System of the European Commission (RMIS). EGDI has been selected as the main channel for supplying data on the subsurface from the GSOs to EPOS through the TCS for Geological Information and Modelling and GeoERA will improve the amount of data and services flowing to EPOS substantially.

GeoERA is pleased to have, among others, Massimo Cocco from EPOS in GeoERA’s Stakeholder Council to advise and support GeoERA in obtaining its aims and objectives. In this way GeoERA will collaborate with EPOS in events, workshops, and interoperability with EGDI.

The following research projects will run under GeoERA. For more information please click on the project acronym:

  • 3DGEO-EU, 3D geomodeling for Europe.
  • GARAH, Geological Analysis and Resource Assessment of selected Hydrocarbon systems.
  • GeoConnect³d, Cross-border, cross-thematic multiscale framework for combining geological models and data for resource appraisal and policy support.
  • HIKE, Hazard and Impact Knowledge for Europe.
  • HotLime, Mapping and Assessment of Geothermal Plays in Deep Carbonate Rocks – Cross-domain Implications and Impacts.
  • MUSE, Managing Urban Shallow geothermal Energy.
  • HOVER, Hydrological processes and Geological settings over Europe controlling dissolved geogenic and anthropogenic elements in groundwater of relevance to human health and the status of dependent ecosystems.
  • RESOURCE, Resources of groundwater harmonized at cross-border and pan-European scale.
  • TACTIC, Tools for Assessment of ClimaTe change ImpacT on groundwater and adaptation Strategies.
  • VoGERA, Vulnerability of Shallow Groundwater Resources to Deep Sub-surface Energy-Related Activities.
  • EuroLithos: European Ornamental stone resources.
  • FRAME, Forecasting and Assessing Europe’s Strategic and Raw Materials Needs.
  • MINDeSEA, Seabed Mineral Deposits in European Seas. Metallogeny and Geological Potential for Strategic and Critical Raw Materials.
  • Mintell4EU, Mineral Intelligence for Europe.
  • GIP-P, GeoERA Information Platform-Project (EGDI).

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 731166