Organisation profile

Organisation profile

At the Department of Near Surface Land and Marine Geology, we do research within a broad spectrum of topics related to geology, resources and processes in the upper 300-500 metres of the subsurface, onshore as well as offshore.

The department has significant expertise in Quaternary geology, glacial geology, geomorphology, near-surface geophysics, 3D geological modeling and the development of numerically based quantitative modeling methods. This expertise forms the basis for research and consulting tasks in areas such as paleoclimate, geomorphology, mapping and protection of groundwater, mapping of raw materials on land and offshore, urban geology, near-surface geothermal energy, geohazards, landslides and geological tasks in connection with offshore installations such as bridges or tunnels, port structures, cable trenches and wind farms as well as the geological structure in the coastal area.

The department is also responsible for the national soil type mapping and runs GEUS’ core laboratory.

The department has a long tradition in geological and geophysical mapping and exploration on land and offshore. Full capacity has been established for shallow-marine geophysical mapping with a complete equipment package, a smaller survey boat and workshop and laboratory facilities.

With a primary base in Aarhus, and representation at the Core Store in Taastrup and at Øster Voldgade in Copenhagen, the department consists of approximately 35 committed researchers, consultants, postdocs and technicians who provide research and advice at a high international level.


Contact head of department Torben Bach 
Phone: +45 60 26 18 83


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