Scientific evaluation of programme area 4. Mineral resources (2011-2018) at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS)

Alan R. Butcher, Murray W. Hitzmann, Henrik Schiellerup, Vera R.M. Van Lancker

Publikation: Bog/rapportRapport (offentligt tilgængelig)


GEUS Programme Area 4 (Mineral Resources) is divided into three focus areas:

1) Geological mapping and mineral resources of Greenland;
2) Geological mapping and mineral resources of Denmark; and
3) Mineral Intelligence (including the Center for Minerals and Materials (MiMa)).

The programme area includes researchers and staff from Department of Petrology and Economic Geology, Department of Groundwater and Quaternary Mapping, Department of Marine Geology, and Department of Geochemistry.

Act 536 of June 6, 2007 states that “GEUS is responsible for the scientific exploration and geological conditions in Denmark and Greenland and adjacent shelf areas. GEUS must conduct research to the highest international level into matters of importance for the exploitation and protection of Denmark’s and Greenland’s geological natural values. GEUS must also carry out mapping, monitoring, data collection, data management, and communication about these matters”. GEUS responsibilities within the Mineral Resources programme are described in Act 536 of June 6, 2007 as to provide “geological consultancy to public authorities on matters relating to nature, the environment, energy and mineral resources and takes part in carrying out activities for authorities in these areas”. The evaluation panel found that this includes advice to the Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate as well as the Nature Agency and Environmental Protection Agency of the Danish Ministry of Environment regarding on‐ and offshore raw materials, resource estimates, construction work, wind power plants etc. It also includes advice to the Greenland Ministry of Mineral Resources and Labour concerning strategies, promotion, resource estimates, advice on exploration and exploitation of minerals (and petroleum, though this was outside the scope of this panel’s remit).

While the majority of GEUS’s funding is derived from the national government of Denmark, it also receives significant funding from several department under the Government of Greenland for activities in Greenland, and, as stipulated in Act 536 of June 6, 2007, “GEUS may take on tasks from public authorities and private individuals in Denmark and abroad against full or partial payment”. The panel was informed this includes private companies, especially those involved in natural resource exploration and production. The types of activity that GEUS may engage in includes: distribution of data and results; sponsored research projects; data acquisition and QC for clients; and consulting.
Antal sider23
StatusUdgivet - 30 apr. 2019
Udgivet eksterntJa


NavnDanmarks og Grønlands Geologiske Undersøgelse Rapport


  • Denmark


  • Programområde 4: Mineralske råstoffer


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