Annual report 2016: Knowledge about our resources

H.H. Thomsen (Redaktør)

Publikation: Bog/rapportInstitutionsrapport


Implementation of the GEUS strategy 2016, which is running over 8 years, was begun in 2016 and we are off to a good start. Significant results have been achieved within all the defined strategic themes.

Within the area of digital data and knowledge services, GEUS is focusing on making digital geological data available and more user-friendly for professional users and the public. In Denmark, this development of services targeted at user needs for compiling basic data is done within the framework of the Danish Natural Environmental Portal. Under the auspices of EuroGeoSurveys (EGS) and with GEUS as one of the leading institutions, the work was performed through the launch of the European Geological Data Infrastructure portal (EGDI) in the spring of 2016. The EGDI portal makes it possible to store and present pan-European data on geological mineral resources.

GEUS has contributed to the completion of groundwater surveying in Denmark, which mapped 40% of the country’s land area with special drinking water interests. We have contributed with systematic storage of data for posterity, as well as knowledge on the occurrence of groundwater in the deep Miocene deposits in Jutland.

In the geological world, the green transition of the energy sector means development of geothermal energy and underground storage. In spring 2016, GEUS launched the Dyb Geotermi WebGis portal which makes it possible for public authorities and stakeholders in the geothermal sector to access knowledge about the potential exploitation of warm, deep-lying water in the subsurface for heating.

Under the strategic topic titled oil and gas as the foundation for supply and conversion, GEUS assisted the Government of Greenland’s Ministry of Mineral Resources (MMR) in 2016 with the major project of preparing material on the extraction of oil and gas in the onshore areas around Disko and Nuussuaq in West Greenland.

Knowledge about minerals – basic and critical resources is a cornerstone of GEUS’ collaboration with the MMR. As part of the targeted marketing of Greenland’s mineral resources, GEUS carried out geological mapping in the field in 2016, and the results have been presented in publications and at industry conferences. As a special initiative and under the Center for Minerals and Materials (MiMa), GEUS prepared an account of Danish mineral resources and the needs of the industrial sector. The aim of this was to evaluate the security of supply in the future.

Since 2007, the PROMICE project has carried out systematic monitoring of the ice melt of the Greenland ice sheet. Monitoring is performed by 25 fully automatic monitoring stations, and data are sent via satellite to GEUS in Copenhagen. The reported ice melt of the Greenland ice sheet in 2016 was the largest since 2012, when the largest ice melt was reported in the now ten-year-long monitoring programme. Data from PROMICE are part of a joint EU project (INTAROS) to establish improved monitoring of climate conditions in the Arctic area.

In 2016, GEUS and a number of other European organisations in the EGS began a collaboration with 54 African nations on the sustainable exploitation of their mineral resources. The project will run for the next four years, and will focus on capacity building in the participating countries.

Due to increasing media interest in GEUS’ activities, a Press and Communications unit was established in 2016 headed by an experienced journalist.

The Annual Report 2016 presents a small selection of the almost 700 projects which are carried out annually by GEUS. Key figures for the year are included at the end of this report and show a slight decrease in revenues, primarily due to a downturn in the energy sector. In 2016, just as in 2015, GEUS had to carry out minor adjustments in staff and operations. This had the intended effect as the annual financial result was satisfactory. In the coming years, it is expected that sufficient revenues will be generated to maintain the current professional capacity.
ForlagDe Nationale Geologiske Undersøgelser for Danmark og Grønland
Antal sider18
ISBN (Trykt)978-87-7871-466-4
StatusUdgivet - 2017


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