Croatian Geological Survey

Croatian Geological Survey

Croatian Geological Survey

Croatian Geological Survey

Croatian Geological Survey

Croatian Geological Survey

Croatian Geological Survey


EU Funds Projects

Geological Service for Europe (GSEU)

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HGI-CGS is a partner on the EU Horizon Europe project Geological Service for Europe (GSEU; in collaboration with 48 institutions. This project aims to directly support the ‘European Green Deal’ vision by focusing on the Earth and its underground resources, such as energy, water and mineral raw materials.

The project duration is five years, financed by the European Comission, Horizon Europe Coordination and Support Action (CSA), with indirect costs from national geological organisations (NGOs), up to total 24 mil euro. The geological surveys of Europe are the primary providers of subsurface data, information, and advice that can help the EU to achieve The Green Deal.

The primary goal of the GSEU project is to develop and make a pan-European geological data infrastructure and related information services available permanently for the sustainable and safe use of subsurface resources.

The main work will be in work packages dealing with a secure supply of critical minerals to develop green technologies, inventory of geothermal energy and underground storage capacities, groundwater quality and quantity which is needed to manage agricultural land use, detect and mitigate pollution of drinking water, monitor and plan for extreme flooding events. Also, work will be done on mapping of the subsurface to manage conflicting surface and subsurface land use, such as farming, urban development, carbon sequestration, geothermal energy exploitation, or storage of hydrogen fuel.

These and other important roles can only be filled with the data and expertise of the geological surveys of Europe.

GSEU will 1) develop harmonized pan-European data and information services, 2) build on the existing geological platform "European Geological Data Infrastructure – EGDI“; and 3) strengthen national and regional networks of geological services.

The Department participates in the following work packages (WPs) of the GSEU project:

WP 2 – Critical Raw Materials, International Center of Excellence and United Nations Framework Classification (CRM-ICE-UNFC);

WP 5 – Coastal Vulnerable Assessment and Optimised Offshore Windfarm Siting;

WP 8 – Communication, Dissemination & Exploitation;

WP 9 – Geological Surveys network and sustainable services for Europe.

The aim of the Mineral Resources work package (WP2) is to reassess Europe's primary critical mineral resources, including onshore and offshore deposits, as well as mining "waste" resources. Special emphasis is placed on critical mineral raw materials needed for the green transition. Furthermore, the project seeks to create an International Center of Excellence for Sustainable Resource Management (EU ICE-SRM) and promote the use of the UN Framework Classification (UNFC) for mineral resources. Task 2.1 (Onshore CRM), led by BRGM (Bureau de Recherches Géologigues et Minierse) from France focuses on reassessing European primary and secondary onshore critical mineral resources. Task 2.3 (ICE SRM), managed by GeoZS (Geological Survey of Slovenia), focuses on the establishment of the International Center of Excellence for Sustainable Resource Management (EU ICE SRM) as a center for capacity and knowledge development center in support of the UNRMS (UN Mineral Resources Strategy). An important aspect of the project is also the promotion of the UNFC as a means of compiling unbiased, comparable and standardized information on resources at the international level. Task 2.4 (UNFC), led by the Hungarian MBFSZ (Magyar Bányászati és Földtani Szolgálat), aims to provide a baseline assessment of the latest findings and recommendations for the use of the UNFC for mineral resources in Europe. In summary, the work package WP2 in the GSEU project plays a key role in the development, assessment and management of critical raw materials, the integration of resource information and the promotion of standardization in the management of mineral resources.

The main objective of the fifth work package dedicated to marine geology (WP5) is to enable local and regional administrations, industry, various organizations and institutions involved in marine research to make correct decisions regarding the sustainable development, management and protection of coastal areas and the seabed. As a result of urbanization, climate change, sea level rise and extreme weather conditions, these areas are extremely vulnerable and therefore need to be adequately protected. The leader of the fifth work package is HSGME (Hellenic Survey of Geology & Mineral Exploration) from Greece. HGI staff from the Department of Mineral Resources and Marine Geology and the Department of Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology are involved in two tasks from this work package (out of a total of four). Task 5.1 is led by the BRGM (Bureau de Recherches Géologigues et Minierse) and aims to determine the coastal vulnerability and their adaptation to climate change in combination with EMODnet (European Marine Observation and Data Network) data, the Copernicus program and geodetic data. As part of Task 5.1, an investigation (case study) of the coastal stability and vulnerability of the Pakoštan area was proposed. In this area, erosion of the loess plateau adjacent to the carbonate rocks is taking place. It is planned to carry out three-year monitoring using multibeam sonar, geodetic and lidar data and photogrammetry. Task 5.2, relating to the construction of offshore wind farms, will assess the best methods for mapping surface and subsurface features before, during and after the construction of offshore wind farms. UKRI-BGS (British Geological Survey) is primarily responsible for this task.

Through this five-years project, GSEU will deliver a plan for a sustainable Geological Service for Europe to be implemented after the completion of the project. This service will serve European society and provide sound information for policies in water, energy, raw materials, hazards, and all areas that require subsurface data and expertise. Through this service, we will contribute to environmental sustainability and social well-being in Europe, supported by a powerful and comprehensive digital infrastructure.

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Project leader:  WP2 Nikola Gizdavec, WP5 dr. sc. Ozren Hasan, WP8 i 9 dr. sc. Slobodan Miko

Miko Slobodan, PhD

dr. sc. Nikolina Ilijanić,

Brunović Dea, PhD

Kovačević Galović Erli,

Natalia Smrkulj,

Filip Šegović

Project duration: 2022.-2027.


Project Category:  Horizon Europe CSA


Financing amount: WP2 71.250,00 €, WP5 25.770 €, WP8 773 €,  WP9 1.800 €

Status: Active

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