Network

RESEARCH NETWORK

The research network consists of (1) geological surveys, (2) universities, (3) competitive fund project consortia, (4) international expert groups, and (5) research partners. GEM-RG has on-going research and training activity with network partners.

Lithosphere Fliud Research Lab (LRG), Eotvos University (ELTE), Hungary

The Lithosphere Fluid Research Lab (LRG) is a research group of international recognition. Our joint projects are the Attic dust geochemistry and Urban Soil geochemistry projects. Co-operation with LRG started in 2011. Within 2 years, 6 joint ISC journal research papers have been published, several international conference presentations including award winning ones. GEM-RG personnel provided post-grad courses at ELTE University under LRG coordination, and Gyozo Jordan, GEM-RG head, has supervised 1 MSc and 1 PhD students of LRG. He has also adviced 4 other PhD thesis at LRG. The two research groups have submitted joint EU FP7 project proposals, too.

Geonardo Ltd.

Geonardo Ltd. is an environmental technologies firm carrying out a wide range of activities across several fields related to natural resource management, specialised in EU project proposals and management. GEM-RG has a running joint EuropeAid project with Geonardo, but co-operation starting in 2012 also includes two EU project proposal development and involvement in Geonardo-lead EU FP7 ImpactMINE Project.

Network: GEMAS – Geochemical Mapping of Agricultural and Grazing Land Soil  – Project Team

The GEMAS Project Team has recently published the  Geochemical Atlas of Agricultural and Grazing Land Soils and first presented it at United Nations FAO in Rome, December 2013. The new European Chemicals Regulation (REACH), adopted in December 2006, and the proposed EU Soil Protection Directive, require additional knowledge about ‘soil quality’ at the European scale. The GEMAS project delivers good quality and comparable exposure data of inorganic elements in agricultural and grazing land soil; in addition, soil properties, known to influence the bioavailability and toxicity of inorganic elements, will be determined. As inorganic elements occur naturally, industry dealing with natural resources requires this information to prove that it can produce its substances safely, which is a REACH requirement. The EuroGeoSurveys Geochemistry Expert Group, the core of the GEMAS Project Team, is carrying out research in 3 Priority Areas: (1) Urban Geochemistry (URGE Project), (2) Geochemical Mapping of Agricultural Lands in Europe, and (3) Geochemical Mapping of European Groundwater. The latter activities deliver results in International Co-operation Project such as the URGE and Bottled Water Geochemistry project.

Network: ICPDR APC Expert Group

The International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) Accident Prevention and Control (APC) Expert Group (former Accident Prevention Task Group, AP TG) brings together experts from the 13 countries in the Danube Region. Joint professional activities focus on (1) Geochemical Mapping of the DanubeBasin, (2) Risk Terminology Development, and (3) risk assessment of contamination. GEM-RG researchers delivered the web-based Geochemical Maps for the Danube Basin.

Network: ThermoMap Project Group

ThermoMap stands for “Area mapping of superficial geothermic resources by soil and groundwater data” and runs from 2010 to 2013. ThermoMap is an EC co-funded project (FP7- ICT-PSP (Information and Communication Technologies Policy Support Programme) for mapping the potential of very shallow geothermal energy in Europe, in particular for the 9 participating Member States (Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Romania, UK).

Moulay Ismail University Earth Science Department (ESD), Morocco

Under a Bilateral Fund Project ”Spatial modelling of heavy metal mobility in mining catchments across various climatic regions in the European Union and its neighbours. A comparative study in Hungary and Morocco” joint research is carried out with the Moulay Ismail University Earth Science Department (ESD). The main expected result is the development and testing of a quantitative spatial model of heavy metal contamination mobility applicable in catchments. Testing the model against detailed field and laboratory measurements in various climatic zones (temperate climate in Hungary, desert climate in Morocco) will be the other main results. The bilateral project is intended to seed a larger multi-lateral project along EU and neighbours climatic zones on contamination assessment in catchments in Hungary, Marocco and other countries. Two test areas are the Recsk Mining Area, Hungary and the Aouam Mines at the Zaida Catchment, Marocco. In Spring 2012 Hungarian participants, Andras Bartha and Gyozo Jordan paid a visit to the Moulay Ismail University, Morocco and carried out a joint field campaign.

Geological Survey of Turkey (MTA)

Co-operation focus is on the EuropeAid Technical Assistance for Mining Waste Management in Turkey Project that started in May 2012. The project develops a risk ranking of mine waste facilities in Turkey according to Article 20 of the Mine Waste Directive. Dr. Jordan, GEM-RG head, acts as the Team Leader of the project with GEM-RG researchers’ involvement. A further co-operation was the proposal and organisation of the EU TAIEX Workshop on Geological Surveys and the Extractive Industry, Ankara, Turkey, 06-07 November 2013.

Slovenian Geological Survey, Slovenia

Cooperation is implemented in the attic dust geochemical survey project. Attic dust sampling was applied to determine the long-term airborne contamination load in the industrial town of Ajka, Hungary. SEM analysis and interpretation was carried out at the Slovenian Geological Survey in a joint exercise. Further co-operation is delivering results in International Co-operation Project such as the GEMAS, URGE and Bottled Water Geochemistry project of EuroGeoSurveys.

Finish Geological Survey, Finland (GTK)

Co-operation is exercised in the EuropeAid Technical Assistance for Mining Waste Management in Turkey Project that started in May 2012. The project develops a risk ranking of mine waste facilities in Turkey according to Article 20 of the Mine Waste Directive. Dr. Jordan, GEM-RG head, acts as the Team Leader of the project with GEM-RG researchers’ involvement. Further co-operation is delivering results in International Co-operation Project such as the GEMAS, URGE and Bottled Water Geochemistry projects of EuroGeoSurveys.


Szent István University of Agriculture, Godollo, Hungary

Co-operation with the University focuses on international training on laboratory analysis of earth materials, including mining waste. Gyozo Jordan, GEM-RG head, is a member of the University Doctoral School and supervises a PhD student, and has a former graduated PhD student, too.

University of Szeged, Hungary

Collaborative research is carried out with University of Szeged to implement time series analysis and signal processing of water quality parameters measured in the PecselyBasin catchment in order to identify significant patterns within and correlation among the measured parameters that can be related to land use and land management changes. A joint Hungarian National Science Fund (OTKA) project proposal was submitted in 2012 to investigate land use change and its effect on surface water chemistry.

University of Miskolc, Hungary

The University of Miskolc is a member of the Morocco-Hungary Bilateral Fund Project ”Spatial modelling of heavy metal mobility in mining catchments across various climatic regions in the European Union and its neighbours. A comparative study in Hungary and Morocco”. The University carries out the SEM analysis and mineralogical interpretation of the collected samples in terms of metal speciation. Red mud samples were also analysed in their advanced SEM lab. Co-operation through training is also delivered through Gyozo Jordan’s MSc course on Applied Geochemistry.

logoInstitute for Geochemical and Geology Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA)

GEM-RG is currently affiliated with the Geochemistry and Geology Research Institute. Recent co-operation focued on the RARE EARTH ELEMENT (REE) – mineral resources assessment, Hungary contracted project. This efforts targeted at other igneous and secondary sedimentary rock formations, too. The project was contracted by the Hungarian Bureau of Mining and Geology.

CO-OPERATION THROUGH TRAINING

Gyozo Jordan advises PhD theses at various Hungarian and international universities. For details see Teaching and Traning.

FORMER CO-OPERATION

US Geological Survey (USGS), U.S.A.

Collaborative research is carried out with USGS Denver in the geochemical modelling and interpretation of geochemical data in the Recsk Mining Area, Hungary and in the red mud spilled Ajka Mining Area, Hungary. Samples of a joint field campaign in 2010 in the Ajka Mining Area, Hungary have been analysed and are interpreted in terms of toxic element mobility. Hyperspectral field measurements and catastrophe response capabilities are fields of shared interest. Human health risk of airborn dust is another field of joint research. Gyozo Jordan recently paid a two week working visit to USGS in Denver to carry out joint research.

Catholic University of Leuven (KUL), Belgium

Collaborative research has been carried out with KUL in the modelling of erosion and transport of contaminated soils and sediments in mining areas. A joint Hungarian National Science Fund (OTKA) project proposal was submitted in 2012 to investigate land use change and its effect on surface water chemistry.

University of Natural Resources and Biodiversity (BOKU), Austria

An example for documented collaborative research is joint work with BOKU in relation to the EU AquaTerra Project in order to assess sediment dynamics in floodplains. The test site is the DonauAaenNational Park floodplain to the east of Vienna on River Danube. Time series analysis and signal processing of discharge and suspended sediment are carried out in order to describe the dynamics of the system represented by significant patterns within and correlation among these variables at the inlet and outlet location. High resolution LASER DEM of the floodplain is used to model sediment transport and deposition in the studied floodplain.

Baia Mare North University, Romania

This co-operation, involving Babes-Bolyai University colleagues as well, studies the impact of historic mining in a small catchment and partners have published the results together. Two competitive fund project proposals have been submitted with the Baia Mare North University, Romania.

British Geological Survey, NERC, UK (BGS)

Co-operation focuses on the Ajka red mud spill study, and the follow-up investigation of engineering stability of mine waste tailings dams. 3D modelling together with mobile GIS applications is a further are of shared interest. Visits by BGS researchers was paid in 2010, and a follow-up visit headed by British Geological Survey Executive Director in 2011.

Further co-operation is delivering results in International Co-operation Project such as the GEMAS, URGE and Bottled Water Geochemistry project of EuroGeoSurveys.

The Hungarian Institute of Agricultural Engineering (MGI)

The Hungarian Institute of Agricultural Engineering (MGI) and the Geological Institute of Hungary has a Memorandum of Understanding developed by MGI personnel and Gyozo Jordan. The main focus is on the hyperspectral technology applications for geochemical investigations such as the study of red mud composition.

Hungarian Office of Mining and Geology (MBFH)

There are three contracted projects with the Hungarian Office for Mining and Geology (MBFH): (1) EU Mine Waste Directive risk-based inventory implementation, Hungary, (2) Inert mining waste geochemical classification, Hungary, and (3) Rare Earth Element (REE) mineral resources assessment, Hungary.