Background

In contrast to other countries, there is no central geological service in Switzerland. The geology scene works on geology-related tasks. This has advantages, but also limitations. The Geology Portal bridges these problems.

Meeting point

 

Many things that surround us daily would be inconceivable without geologically related data and information: transport networks and other infrastructure, energy and raw material supplies as well as protection from natural hazards are included.


All data and information that is required for processing geological issues is geologically relevant, such as in the fields of:

  • Geology
  • Geotechnics
  • Geophysics
  • Hydrogeology
  • Natural hazards
  • Geothermal energy
  • Topography
  • etc.

All currently available geologically relevant data and information in Switzerland are listed in the overview under relevant geological data

Heterogeneous geology scene

A large number of independent organizations collect, compile and distribute geologically relevant data and information. The organizations are referred to in the field of geology and in the related disciplines (geotechnics, geophysics, etc.) as the ‘Swiss geology scene’. This scene is heterogeneously organized. Each organization pursues its own goals according to independent strategies. A central coordination of tasks and activities does not currently exist.

The following problems are a result of this "loose" form of organization:

  • Geologically relevant data and information are limitedly available
  • Access to this data is restricted or costly
  • The geology scene acts inconsistently
  • The activities are uncoordinated, financial resources are thereby used inefficiently
  • The topic geology is hardly noticed in public.

Coordination: a function for swisstopo / Swiss Geological Survey

A primary function of the Swiss Geological Survey of the Federal Office of Topography swisstopo is the coordination of the geological, geotechnical and geophysical national surveys. This function is recorded in the Geoinformation Act (GeoIA) and the Landesgeologieverordnung (LGeolV). Because of this swisstopo / Swiss Geological Survey is obligated to actively contribute to solving the above mentioned problems.

Not only swisstopo is helping to solve the above problems, but representatives of the various stakeholders of the geology scene also actively participate therein.


About

Milan Beres Dr. sc. nat.
Scientific Associate
swisstopo / Swiss Geological Survey
Seftigenstrasse 264
P.O. Box
3084 Wabern
Tel.
+41 58 469 05 74
Fax
+41 58 469 05 45

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Milan Beres

Dr. sc. nat.
Scientific Associate
swisstopo / Swiss Geological Survey
Seftigenstrasse 264
P.O. Box
3084 Wabern

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