Geology Theme: Geological mapping enabling sustainable development mandates

4 MAY 2023


Geological Survey Agencies have traditionally been engaged in basic geological mapping and resource assessment to map out features of the earth’s surface, and offer guidance for natural resource management. Geological mapping has in particular been crucial for the mining industry, where mineral exploration using geospatial technology enables effective prospecting. As countries around the world adopt sustainable development principles, and transition from fossil fuel-based to renewable energy-based economies, a paradigm shift is expected in the geological mapping and survey industry. This disruption will further be exacerbated with the increased urbanization of global populations and prevalence of geohazards, which raises the need for urban geology assessments, and continuous earth systems monitoring. The geological mapping organizations need to evolve to cater to the demands of a wide and diverse set of stakeholders, and provide better quality information in accessible formats.


  • To identify and define the evolving mandates and responsibilities of geological survey organizations, with the adoption of sustainable development principles
  • To define the importance of adoption of geospatial and frontier technology in geological mapping and modelling to meet evolving challenges and requirements
  • To ideate innovative business and collaboration models for enhanced production and access to geological knowledge


Geospatial World Forum 2023 shall host a one-day program on “Geology” to discuss the evolution of geological mapping as the world transitions from an extractive fossil-fuel based economy to a circular renewable energy-based economy.

Topics to be covered:

Shifting of resource development paradigm – integration of resource development and environmental stewardship
Transition from identifying problems to finding solutions
Expansion of mandate from basic geological mapping and resource assessment to earth systems monitoring and integrated data management
Transition to 3D and 4D geological mapping and modelling
Adoption and integration of frontier technology for data integration, modelling, and predictive geoscience
Evolution of business model of geological survey organizations
Collaboration to foster innovation and meet global sustainability mandates
Offshore geological mapping enabling marine spatial planning and sustainable use of marine resources
Deadline: 28 February 2023


  • Geological survey agencies
  • Geospatial technology provider
  • Digital/ IT industry
  • Geological survey associations/ networks
  • Spatial planning organizations
  • Mining and resource exploration industry
  • Environment monitoring and protection agencies
  • Policymakers
  • Academic and research institutions
  • Consultants
  • End users