Geology characterised according to composition and structure Includes bedrock aquifers and geomorphology
In the INSPIRE context the Geology data theme can be seen as a quot reference data theme as it provides information for several other INSPIRE data themes e g Mineral resources Area Management Restriction and Regulation Zones Natural Risk Zones Soil Energy resources In Geology there is a specific relationship with one of the most important natural resources water through groundwater bodies contained in aquifers The theme also covers geomorphology that describes the Earth s present day surface and the location of the geophysical campaigns and measurements that provide valuable information on the physical properties of rocks like density porosity magnetic susceptibility etc regardless of their organization as geologic units The INSPIRE Geology Theme is split into the following sub themes Geology provides basic knowledge about the physical properties and composition of geologic materials rocks and sediments their structure and their age as depicted in geological maps as well as landforms geomorphological features The model also covers boreholes another important source of information for interpreting the subsurface geology Hydrogeology describes the flow occurrence and behaviour of water in the subsurface environment The two basic elements are the rock system including aquifers and the groundwater system including groundwater bodies Man made or natural hydrogeological objects features such as groundwater wells and natural springs are also included Geophysics focuses on the availability and location of key geophysical features It includes metadata on high rank gravity magnetic and seismological stations that are part of international and national observation networks as well as metadata on 2D and 3D seismic measurements that are most often requested by third party users It also provides collective metadata on gravity magnetic and airborne geophysical campaigns that cover large areas and provide basic geological information for scientific research and more detailed applied studies e g exploring earth resources hydrocarbons mineral deposits ground water geothermal energy
The INSPIRE Interactive Data specification platform offers MS data providers two new applications to support in general their initial data scope “identification” task whether their dataset(s) fall under the data scope of INSPIRE or not.
The first application “Interactive Data Specifications” facilitates the use of the INSPIRE Data Specification – Technical Guidelines documents by providing means to study as well as compare selected parts of the INSPIRE technical documentation (from up to 3 data themes).
The second application “Find your scope” has been developed to support MS data providers with identification of the INSPIRE data scope that is relevant to their dataset(s) that they administer. This application is foreseen to be useful especially in situations where data provider’s datasets do not follow exactly the INSPIRE data themes /application schemas content.
The platform also provides links to useful additional resources of information (e.g. INSPIRE Registry, website etc.).
The development of the Toolkit has been supported by ARE3NA, Action 1.17 of the EU ISA Programme.