Geological Services towards a Sustainable Use and Management of the Subsurface: A Geoethical Imperative

Serge F. Van Gessel, Klaus Hinsby, Gerry Stanley, Jørgen Tulstrup, Yvonne Schavemaker, Kris Piessens, Paul J.F. Bogaard


A Geological Service for Europe provides users with tailored and transnational consistent information on subsurface resources, capacities and processes within their surrounding environment. Such information underpins the responsible management of subsurface space and its resources, which is often administered by different authorities. National and regional geological surveys have come together to develop much-needed innovations and improvements that will integrate information and knowledge across different geological and geographical settings in Europe. This cooperative framework aims to meet societal challenges and protect valuable resources for future generations while ensuring that geoethical principles are honored.


Water resources, mineral resources, geo-energy, modeling and assessment, subsurface management, geoethics

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Published by INGV, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia - ISSN: 2037-416X