THE INFORMATION EXPLOSION AND THE GEOLOGIST'S HAMMER: GLOBAL CHALLENGES (NOT ONLY) FOR GEOLOGICAL MAPPING
In increase of transboundary issues between nations, within continents and across the world and the global need for information on energy and mineral resources, agriculturally useable areas, groundwater, transport, disastrous natural hazards, and also the impact of climate change results in an increasing requirement for reliable geoscience information, which can only exist with reliable geological mapping and a sound interpretation of the results.
Within this time of the internet and a proverbial “information explosion” of geoscience data and information the geologists are no more working within a small area for only to a limited number of users. In the end they often work for a wide international or even global user community. Thus, the responsibility of each geologist is increasing and so is the importance of an efficient transfer and exchange information, the integration across political and continental boundaries, the interoperability of data, the work in international teams on research and development.
This presentation will address critical issues geological mapping and geoscience information technology are facing in order to address - with responsibility - societal needs of a stae, country, continent or even the whole world.