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At the stratotype Brusno-Chrenovec locality in the Handlovská kotlina Basin, the microfauna from the Oligocene sandy Chrenovec Beds were studied. In the past, this locality was studied micropaleontologically for several times, but with negative results. From several places of the Brusno sandpit we succeeded to obtain foraminifers, to document them and to justify the age of these strata as Upper Oligocene-Egerian (Chattian), belonging to the 05-06 biozones. The following key taxons of planctonic foraminifers were determined: Paragloborotalia opima (Bolli), Tenuitella munda (Jenkins), Chiloguembelina gracillima (Andreae), and Globigerinoides trilobus (Reuss) appearing from the Late Oligocene. At the same time, the older results of the microfaunistic studies of the Palaeogene deposits in the Handlovská kotlina Basin were revised with the following results. The previous Eocene deposits, were reclassified to the Oligocene, based on the planctonic foraminifers as Chiloguembelina gracillima (Andreae), Tenuitella clemenciae (Bermudez), and Turborotalia ampliapertura (Bolli). Similarly in the depth interval of 74-235 m in the ČČ-4 well and further on, the whole ČČ-1 well log (9-105 m), ČČ-2 (60-105 m) and ČČ-3 (308-327.2 m) were reclassified as the Oligocene. Lithostratigraphically, the revised taxons belong to the Huty and Zuberec Formations. By the revision of the microfauna, it was found out, that the lower boundary of occurrence (FAD) of the Tenuitellinata pseudoedita (Subbotina) taxon which was introduced in the surface samples from the Lower Oligocene Huty and Zuberec Formations in the Handlová area, is located as high as in Egerian, while the upper one (LAD) is in the lowermost Ottnangian. Based on the presented data, the upper part of these deposits should be younger, thus Egerian (Chattian) in age. Source

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: NMP.2011.4.0-6 | Award Amount: 1.69M | Year: 2011

ERA-MIN will, for the first time, bring together a significant number of funding / programming agencies in support of the development of the European non-energy mineral raw materials research area and provide a discussion forum with other European stakeholders involved in non-energy mineral raw materials research. It will aim at building a mirror group to the ETP-SMR, and liaise with non-energy mineral raw materials relevant European Commission (EC) policies and programs as well as with the projects funded by the EC. This will clearly contribute to pool EU capacities, foster EU competitiveness in line with sustainable development ethics, and contribute to the EU security of supplies. ERA-MIN will contribute to the Raw Materials for a Modern Society Partnership Initiative as it develops, providing inputs from national and regional research programming agencies and their related expert institutions, establishing comprehensive coordination as a permanent feature of the European non-energy mineral raw materials research community (ENERC). ERA-MIN will provide systematic information on its activities to the ESFRI, the OECD Global Science Forum, and the ERC. ERA-MIN will pave the way for coordinated actions between several of its participants, as well as pan-European programs, in the domains of research, outreach, training, mobility, or evaluation procedures. Through these measures, ERA-MIN will help to mobilise the intellectual resources of the whole of Europe in the preparation of the plans for the future, needed to address the non-energy mineral resources related global challenges; and foster initiatives by which a unified Europe will be progressively able to act as an equal partner in collaborative enterprises with the USA, Japan, and developing countries. It will as well be a source of support to developing countries in line with the Action Plan decided by the African and EU in November 2010.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: SC5-13a-2014 | Award Amount: 2.09M | Year: 2015

The exploitation of minerals in Europe is an indispensable activity to ensure that the present and future needs of the European society can be met. This means that sufficient access is required to explore and exploit minerals. At the same time the mineral needs of our society must be met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Accordingly exploitable mineral deposits (known deposits, abandoned mines and historical mining sites) need to be assessed against other land uses, taking into account criteria such as habitats, other environmental concerns, priorities for settlements, etc. Access to mineral deposits, on the other hand, also meets public interests such as raw materials security (compared with many international access options). The deliberation between these diverse land uses requires adequate consideration of the exclusiveness, reversibility, and consequences on the surrounding. The overall objective of MINATURA 2020 is to develop a concept and methodology (i.e. a harmonised European regulatory/guidance/policy framework) for the definition and subsequent protection of mineral deposits of public importance in order to ensure their best use in the future. Providing a policy planning framework that comprises the sustainability principle for mining is the key driving force behind MINATURA.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: SPA.2010.1.1-01 | Award Amount: 3.21M | Year: 2011

PanGeo is a service proposed in response to FP7 GMES Downstream Call 3 (released July 2009). The objective of PanGeo is to enable free and open access to geohazard information in support of GMES. This will be achieved by the generation of a validated Geohazard Data Layer supported by a Geohazard Summary for 52 of the largest towns listed in the GMES Land Themes Urban Atlas involving all 27 countries of the EU. Upon user enquiry, a PanGeo web-portal will automatically integrate the geohazard data with the Urban Atlas to highlight the polygons influenced. The datasets will be made discoverable, accessible and useable via a distributed web-map system as built and demonstrated by OneGeology Europe (www.onegeology-europe.eu). The key users of PanGeo are anticipated as: Local Authority planners and regulators who are concerned with managing development risk, National geological surveys and geoscience institutes who are obliged to collect geohazard data for public benefit, Policy-makers concerned with assessing and comparing European geological risk, much as the Urban Atlas data is used to compare the landcover/use status of European towns. Products will be made by integrating: a) interpreted InSAR terrain-motion data (derived from existing projects, e.g. ESA GSE Terrafirma plus new processing), b) geological information, and c) the landcover and landuse data contained within the Urban Atlas. The integration and interpretation, plus a validation of key features observed, will be made by the corresponding national Geological Survey for the towns concerned. It is planned to deliver the service for two Urban Atlas towns in each country of the EU (Luxembourg and Cyprus only 1), equalling fifty-two towns in total. The geological survey concerned will choose the towns for processing from the Urban Atlas list using their own knowledge as to where the information will be of most use, probably the largest towns, which, when extrapolated, would equal (13% of total EU urban population). User input to design will be facilitated by the Surveys contracted into the project and initiation of Local Authority Feedback Group. Terrafirma has shown the potential for the self-sustainability of services providing InSAR-derived terrain-motion data, as 30% of users have gone on to procure further product on a commercial basis. In PanGeo, it is anticipated that, by adding considerably more value as described above, and promoting the clear benefits of such key environmental information, that the local authorities of neighbouring towns will begin to demand similar.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: ENERGY.2010.5.2-2 | Award Amount: 2.62M | Year: 2010

The EU has made significant progress in CCS as a bridging technology for combating climate change, but this must now accelerate and be spread evenly throughout EU Member States and Associated Countries. In this context, CO2GeoNet, CO2NET EAST and ENeRG are joining forces, pooling their expertise and building on their Networking experience to form CGS Europe, a unique concerted European reference point on CO2 storage. The objective of CGS Europe is to build a credible, independent and representative pan-European scientific body of expertise on CO2 geological storage that will: (i) create a durable networking of research capacity on CO2 storage in Europe, (ii) liaise and coordinate its activities with other stakeholders, including the ZEP Technology Platform, (iii) facilitate the large-scale demonstration and industrial deployment of CCS, (iv) support the implementation of the EU Directive on the geological storage of CO2 and other regulatory regimes. This will be achieved by: (i) setting up coordination and integration mechanisms between the CO2GeoNet Association and the 23 other participants, thus covering most of Europe with 24 EU Member States and 4 Associated Countries, (ii) setting up links and cooperation with other initiatives at national, European and international levels, (iii) preparing a framework enabling the consortium to be independent from EC funding after the end of the project. CGS Europe will strive to compile and structure the existing research results, policy and regulations in a centralised knowledge repository to enable stakeholders to easily find pertinent information. Knowledge development will be ensured by the sharing of good practices, the assessment of research needs and the fostering of new research projects. A major effort will be dedicated to knowledge dissemination and capacity building, aiming at giving impartial and understandable information to the different stakeholders, according to their specific needs in each country.

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