Geological Framework Setup

Main impacts:

  • To strengthen international cooperation on scientific standards for baseline geology required by third party applications
  • To improve the Digital European Geological Information System by providing reference 3D geological frameworks
  • To strengthen the foundation for decision support by providing evidence- and science-based geological information and expertise on Europe’s subsurface on- and offshore

Objectives and Tasks

The main objectives in terms of geological framework set up are:

  • To set up comprehensive metadata of European geological maps, map data sets and 3D-models
  • To develop the framework and vocabularies for harmonised pan-European maps and 3D models
  • To share best practices for 3D geomodelling and visualisation
  • To demonstrate the cross-thematic use of a geological framework for decision support

Our experts will develop cross-cutting methodologies to create an evidence- and science-based framework for information on Europe's subsurface on- and offshore. To achieve this goal, team members will collect metadata on geological maps and datasets, create a data model for multi-scale 2D and 3D subsurface data, and develop new and improved scientific vocabularies, workflows and toolboxes for 3D geomodelling and visualisation.

Comprehensive metadata on European geological maps, map datasets and 3D models will be developed to support the search for existing information sources and subsequent cross-border harmonisation. The analysed information will be processed as metadata in the EGDI Metadata Catalogue, following the principles of FAIR data.

A conceptual framework and scientific vocabularies will be created as a basis for defining and creating harmonised pan-European map datasets and 3D models.

Methods, tools, workflows and best practices for 3D geomodelling and visualisation will be developed to be shared within the dedicated network at European Geological Survey level in order to contribute to sustainable and harmonised information and knowledge for decision-making.

The cross-thematic use of geological information for subsurface management and its added value for decision support will be demonstrated. A European transboundary region, including onshore and offshore, will be selected to produce a high quality, multi-scale geological model. Parts of this model will be produced in 3D and high resolution, useful for e.g., urban geology applications. Applied data/attributes will be included in the model. This integrated model will serve as a model for knowledge-based decision-making and planning, particularly where the use of the subsurface and the surface are in conflict.

Aug 25–31
August 25 – 31, 2024Busan, Republic of Korea


  • An inventory of geological maps, map datasets, models and services in the EGDI metadata catalogue
  • A conceptual and physical data model for multiscale geological data in 2D and 3D
  • Scientific vocabularies based on the SKOS data model and Linked Data technology available in the EGDI knowledge base and their application on IGME 5000 as a test bed
  • Common workflows and open source based toolboxes for 3D geomodelling and visualisation
  • Presentation of a multi-scale 2D-3D model with integrated applied geoscientific attributes