IGME

DESCRIPTION

The IGME is a self-governing Public Research Institution attached to the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. The functions of the Geological Survey of Spain are:
(i) Studies, analysis and research in the field of Earth Sciences and Technologies.
(ii) Generation of basic scientific knowledge.
(iii) Information, technical-scientific assistance and advice to public administrations, economic agents and society in general,concerning geology, hydrogeology, geoenvironmental sciences, geological resources and minerals.
(iv) Interdisciplinary relations with other areas of knowledge, contributing to the best understanding of the territory and of the processes that form and modify it, to the sustainable use of its resources and the conservation of the geological and hydrogeological heritage.
(v) Preparing and implementing budgets of R&D&I and knowledge infrastructures in national and international programmes, within the scope of its competences.

Some of the main activities of the IGME are: geoscientific information systems, geoscientific mapping, subsurface geology and CO2 geological storage, geodiversity, geological and mining heritage and scientific culture, mineral resources and environmental impact of mining, geological hazards, active processes and global change, hydrogeology and environmental quality.

The IGME role in the proposal will be the identification and assessment of the ecosystem services in the demo sites selected in Spain. Also it will be contributing to the groundwater - ecosystems characterization and the analysis of wetlands resilience with special emphasis on changes caused by climate change and anthropogenic actions.

MAIN ROLE IN THE PROJECT

Participation in WPs 2, 5 and 6. The IGME will be acting in Projects activities related to the objectives:
*Second objective: linkages between climate change and ecosystem services as related to extreme events.
* Third objective: the standardization of data needed under different ecosystem services scenarios in the selected demo sites.
* Fifth objective: determining different ecosystem management scenarios.

CONTRIBUTION TO WP2:
• Research on natural hazards that could be relevant for insurance companies.
• Mapping of natural hazards that could be integrated in the eco engine CostNature platform.
• Hydrogeological research to develop a conceptual and numerical model for managed aquifer recharge for increasing DEMO aquifer water level.

CONTRIBUTION TO WP5:
• Providing relevant ecosystem services that could be relevant to insurance companies.
• Providing integration of tools useful for cost evaluation of damage, e.g. integration of the knowledge on hazards and ecosystem services that could be damaged by them on the demo site.

CONTRIBUTION TO WP6:
• Hydrogeological research on aquifer and ecosystems resilience to climate change and anthropic impacts based on the integration of historical, meteorological, geological and hydrogeological data combined with monitoring field data. Special attention will be paid to the presence of Arsenic in the system and its effects on the ecosystems.
• Identification and assessment of ecosystem services in association with UPCT and CHD.
• Research and design of an artificial recharge device in the Spanish demo site that could be implemented after the proposal time life.
• Risk analysis of the significant natural phenomena that could be of relevant intensity or magnitude to cause an impact.