Concept for Geocenter Denmark
Geoscientific research and education are of fundamental importance to the sound development of the Danish and international community. This role has become increasingly pronounced concurrently with the dramatic developments in the geosciences over the past few decades. As a consequence, geoscience disciplines in Denmark play a vital role in research, education and employment. Employment opportunities for graduates are found not only in research institutions and the energy industry in Denmark, but also in central government, and local and regional authorities.
Geoscientific research embraces basic scientific problems concerned with the Earth’s structure and history, drift of the continents, evolutionary development of the human and biological world, as well as questions of vital importance to society’s welfare and living conditions.
Research into earthquakes, volcanic activity, natural resources, soils, water resources, landscape changes and urbanisation fall within the scope of geoscience disciplines. Geoscientific research also embraces studies of present and past climatic conditions, of which a particularly topical aspect concerns the consequences of increased greenhouse warming. At a time in history when mankind’s exploitation and dominance of the World and the interaction between human activity and nature have become global, the geosciences have become vital to sound management of the World’s resources and environment.
Denmark, Greenland and the Faeroe Islands extend across large parts of the North Atlantic region, and together with their continental shelves make up the Danish national community. They encompass an area equal in size to continental Europe and possess an energy and raw materials resource potential of substantial dimensions. Much of this potential remains to be tested, but Denmark is already Europe’s third largest oil producer.
Denmark’s intensive agriculture and exploitation of natural resources as well as the development of industry, traffic and urbanisation, necessitate geological and geographical research into the consequences for the environment, in particular its vulnerability, and is an important prerequisite of national, regional and local planning.