Geological Survey of Slovenia (GeoZS)
Geological Survey of Slovenia (GeoZS) is a public research institute established by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia. GeoZS is central geological organization in the country. Its main objective is to provide and store geoscientific information of the Republic of Slovenia. The organizational units of GeoZS are following departments: Sedimentology & Mineralogy & Petrology, Paleontology & Stratigraphy, Mineral Resources, GIS, Geological Maps, Geochemistry & Environmental Geology and Hydrogeology, where research and expertise are carried out. Geoscientific information is a basis for the solution of nation’s major issues, such as health and environmental protection, drinking water supply, protection against natural hazards, urban planning, exploration and assessment of natural resources as well as planning of their use. Geological Survey of Slovenia collects and stores geological data within a modern geological information system, but mostly in more than 30.000 expert reports and research projects stored in its archive.
GeoZS has an important role in the decision making process for mining rights and monitoring of impacts of exploitation (environmental and social footprints of mineral extraction), furthermore in maintaining mineral resources databases, setting ground for sound minerals management, and carrying out different expertise for mineral planning. In addition the GIS department manages GIS related databases and maps such as hydrogeological, geochemical, geological, minerals and others. It also focuses on satellite images manipulation and interpretation and developing risk assessment methods (geohazard) by combining satellite imagery with related geological data. Moreover, with the help of PSInSAR permanent scatters new interpretation of tectonic environment in western part of Slovenia has been made, and also on some extent monitoring of large landslides is carried out.
The role of GeoZS in the EO-MINERS project will mainly be the involvement in the WP 1, 3 & 5, with its support in the policy analysis and indicators preparation and with communication, dissemination and capacity building support. With the experiences with dust and heavy metal pollution research and with data mining, GeoZS will also provide a support in field validation and thematic maps creation.
Key persons involved:
Dr. Slavko V. Šolar
Dr. Slavko V. Šolar (born in 1959) is a Mineral Resource Geologist in rank of senior associate researcher. He is specialist in non-metals and construction raw materials and deposits, and works in the field of sustainable development based mineral resource management. Dr. Solar is an adviser to Slovenian government (on national and EU level) and industry. He is the author of the Strategy of the mineral resources management of the Republic of Slovenia. He will contribute mostly to WP1&5: micro level indicators, trialogue, communication.
Dr. Gorazd Žibret
Dr. Gorazd Žibret (born in 1977) works as a researcher. His scientific work is focused on the research of soils, alluvial sediments and urban sediments (dusts) contamination, mainly with heavy metals. In the field of mineral resources research he is involved in the geological investigations of non-metallic raw material deposits, such as aggregate pits and quarries, clay deposits (Wienerberger brick producer), calcite quarry (Lafarge cement group) etc. With his experiences in the field of environmental pollution assessment his work will be mainly focused in WP3, but he will also participate in WP2&4.
Ms. Ana Burger
Ms. Ana Burger (born in 1980) joined Geological Survey of Slovenia in 2008 as mineral resources geologist. She is involved in different tasks, relating to the management of mineral resources, manages the databases, cooperate in mining right procedures and produce different statistics for the needs of the government. She is an expert in mining waste and aggregate recycling. Her work will be focus on WP1 and WP5.