Geological Survey of Belgium

Created in 1896, the Geological Survey of Belgium (GSB) is a key geological and mineralogical research centre developing both applied and fundamental research approaches. It is also an independent, non-commercial provider of geoscientific services. These services are oriented towards local, regional, federal, European and international authorities, as well as researchers of institutions/universities and research groups, private companies, NGO’s and citizens.

Research axes

A research axis on the dynamics of the sedimentary basins lays important basis for the applied research and expertise activities of the GSB, because the sedimentary basins form the common denominator of all geologists focusing on Belgium. This axis is oriented towards a better understanding of the geological component of our environment and of the geohazard processes in the past and is based on stratigraphy.
In the scope of this axis, the GSB acts as a key provider in Belgium of geo-interpretation services with added-values or innovative data retrieval. Additional duty of GMB will aim to provide ‘Inspire-compliant’ geoscientific information for Belgium, in cooperation with or at the request of the competent authorities. Besides the new processing based on existing data, GMB will also benefit from priorities of campaigns oriented towards the acquisition of new data, applying both traditional approach of direct description and recent methods.
Raw materials are now more than ever essential for the sustainable functioning of modern societies. Access to and affordability of mineral raw materials is crucial for the functioning of the EU's economy. In that context, it is the duty of a federal Geological Survey to maintain, enhance and promote the expertise in what Europe defines as metallic minerals and construction materials as well from primary sources (ore bodies, quarries) and secondary sources (scrap recycling), but also to participate in the development of a performing mineralogy laboratory with modern facilities.
This axis will cover the applied research related to those aspects of geo-energy that are not yet scientifically or technically mature. It is directed towards novel technological solutions until commercialization (when other players move in / are imposed).
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