The Polish Geological Institute (PGI) was founded on the 7th of May 1919 on the strength of the Resolution of the Parliament of the Republic of Poland. It is the oldest Polish nation-wide scientific institution. It is involved in comprehensive studies of geological structure of the country for practical use in national economy and environmental protection. In addition to scientific activities in all fields of modern geology the Institute was entrusted with the tasks of the Polish Geological Survey and the Polish Hydrogeological Survey. Moreover, it is responsible for the country’s security in supply of mineral resources, the groundwater management, for monitoring of the geological environment and warning against natural hazards and risks.
In February 2009, the Council of Ministers bestowed the Polish Geological Institute the status of National Research Institute in recognition of the achievements and contribution to the developments in science and national economy during last 90 years.
Legal Status: Research and Development Unit, National Research Institute
Supervising Institution: Ministry of Environment
The Polish Geological Institute belongs to the association of European geological surveys – EuroGeoSurvey (EGS) with its sear in Brussels.
SCOPE OF ACTIVITIES OF THE INSTITUTE
- Comprehensive studies of the geological structure of Poland
- Geological, geoenvironmental and hydrogeological mapping
- Evaluation of national minerals resources potential
- Evaluation of quality and resources of groundwaters including mineral and thermal waters
- Monitoring and analysis of wide spectrum of geological issues of the natural environment, including groundwaters
- Acquisition, storage, processing and dissemination of geological and geoenvironmental information on the entire territory of Poland, including the marine sea
- Expertise on a wide array of geological issues for the state administration and self governments
- Cooperation with geological surveys and organizations involved in geological research in other countries
- Editing and publishing maps, atlases, periodicals and series of publications in geology
STRATEGY 2010 - 2015 – Key challenges to be now faced by the Institute include:
- Improving the economic and social usefulness of the work carried out
- Systematic acquisition and processing of geological information through the development of monitoring programs and the development of the methodology of constructing digital models
- Fundamental improvement of the quality and forms of making the geological information available in order to live up to the user’s expectations
- Strengthening the domestic and international cooperation with a view to improving the methodology and raising the substantial level of the work carried out
- Understanding, defining and forecasting the influence of the man’s activity on potential changes of the natural environment in future, by analogy with similar processes that have existed in geological history of the Earth.
- Understanding, defining and forecasting the influence of natural hazards on the development of society
- Determining and predicting the effects of a compromise between the exploitation and protection of the natural environment which is essential for the sustainable development of the society and the country’s economy
- Implementation of projects in the areas of great social usefulness with the reference made to the basic policies of leading world geological surveys