BUILDING THE GIS OF THE INTERNATIONAL QUATERNARY MAP OF EUROPE (IQUAME 2500): SUMMARY OF THE CURRENT STATUS OF EUROPEAN QUATERNARY GEOLOGICAL RESEARCH
The current scientific compilation project under the umbrella of CGMW and INQUA (International Union for Quaternary Science) is the new edition of the International Quaternary Map of Europe (IQUAME 2500) and its transformation into a geographical information system (GIS). International collaboration is essential to the success of a cross-boundary project of this type, i.e. involving the European geological survey organizations concerned and academic advisory experts from research institutes as a basis for the necessary semantic and geometric data harmonisation. The map will include information on age and lithology of Quaternary units, extent of permafrost, the last glacial maximum, genetic descriptions of the deposits, faults, key localities (e.g. geologically and anthropologically interesting sites) and off-shore Quaternary strata (in cooperation with the EC EMODnet project). This database will complement the pre-Quaternary European GIS database of the "1 : 5 Million International Geological Map of Europe and Adjacent Areas" (IGME 5000) which was completed in 2005; this map database was also compiled by BGR in international cooperation under the umbrella of CGMW.
Ultimately, the aim is to build a comprehensive pan-European Geological database where relevant properties of the Quaternary and pre-Quaternay layers can be retrieved, combined, selected and cross-referenced across political boundaries.
The presentation/poster will show the current status of the data compilation and demonstrate possible future applications.