EGU24-9671, updated on 08 Mar 2024
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Geosciences for a Sustainable Planet: a new collaborative network to address societal and environmental challenges in the Anthropocene

Juan Antonio Ballesteros-Canovas1, Emilio L. Pueyo2, Blas Valero Garcés3, Concepción Ayala4, Angeliki Karanasiou5, Juan Tomás Vázquez Garrido6, José María González-Jiménez7, Eva Calvo8, María del Pilar Mata Campo2, José Javier Álvaro Blasco9, and Ana Moreno3
Juan Antonio Ballesteros-Canovas et al.
  • 1National Museum of Natural Sciences, Spanish Research Council MNCN-CSIC, C/ Serrano 115bis, 28006 Madrid, Spain. (
  • 2C. N. IGME – CSIC, c/Ríos Rosas 23, 28003 Madrid, Spain. (,
  • 3Pyrenean Institute of Ecology (IPE_CSIC), Campus Aula Dei, Avda. Montaña, 1005, 50059, Zaragoza, Spain. (,
  • 4Geosciences Barcelona (GEO3BCN), CSIC, Lluís Solé i Sabarís s/n, 08028 Barcelona, Spain. (
  • 5Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research of the Spanish Research Council (IDAEA-CSIC), Jordi Girona 18-26, 08034, Barcelona, Spain. (
  • 6Instituto Espanol de Oceanografía (IEO-CSIC), Centro Oceanografico de Malaga, Puerto Pesquero S/n, 29649 Fuengirola, Spain. (
  • 7Andalusian Earth Sciences Institute (IACT), Spanish Research Council (CSIC) University of Granada, Armilla, Granada, Spain. (
  • 8Institut de Ciències del Mar, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta, 37-49, 08003 Barcelona, Spain. (
  • 9Instituto de Geociencias (CSIC-UCM), Dr. Severo Ochoa 7, 28040 Madrid, Spain. (

The Geosciences for a Sustainable Planet network is an initiative reinforced by the recent integration of the Spanish Geological Survey (IGME) and the Oceanographic Spanish Institute (IEO) within the Spanish Scientific Research Council (CSIC). The network is aimed to provide Geosciences in Spain with a collaborative framework, to maximize synergies and address sustainability and future challenges with a planetary perspective. The network shares the strategic vision for the study and care of planet Earth as the only home available for our future, as embraced by many international organizations (e. g. the European Geosciences Union (EGU), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS), and the European Marine Board (EMB)).

In Spain, Geosciences have played a fundamental role in properly assessing, managing, and seeking solutions for several natural and anthropogenic crises, e.g. the oil spill after the sinking of the Prestige petroleum vessel, the dumping of toxic mine sludge in Aznalcóllar, the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano in La Palma island, the 2011 earthquake of Lorca, the environmental collapse of the Mar Menor oastal lagoon, or the decline in the groundwaters of Doñana National Park. Geoscientists have engaged as first responders with government agencies in emergency situations. Besides, geosciences is providing essential knowledge for public administration, as well as energy and mineral resources companies, water supply, contamination and waste elimination and reuse, and adaptation to geological and natural hazards. The network will enhance the capacity of the CSIC to respond to both, societal and public administration demands.

Geosciences also provide the temporal and spatial scale to place current climate and environmental crises in the appropriate context. The network will implement outreach activities to illustrate the interactions of surface processes and biosphere with climatic fluctuations, atmospheric CO2 variations, sea-level changes, biodiversity collapses, etc, during the evolution of life on Earth over millions of years. We believe an essential aspect of science's contribution to sustainability is improving the communication of trans-disciplinary knowledge to citizens, future generations, administrations, and companies so they can take informed decisions. The Geoscience network will focus on outreach actions, training new generations of Geoscientists and technology and knowledge transfer.

The Geosciences network seeks to facilitate the integration of research groups in the disciplines of Earth Sciences to improve our knowledge of the planet's geological processes across temporal scales ranging from millions of years to instrumental observation. This integration of basic and applied knowledge will enable Geosciences to provide tools to address the social challenges of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Among them, we have selected four main areas: (1) energy and ecological transition, (2) access to water and geological resources, (3) mitigation and adaptation to geological hazards and risks, and (4) tools for solving environmental and climate crises. We believe that Geosciences network will offer the spatial dimension (from local to planetary) and temporal insight (natural variability beyond the human scale) to provide a common framework with a global, integrative, transversal, and multidisciplinary vision to tackle these challenges.

How to cite: Ballesteros-Canovas, J. A., Pueyo, E. L., Valero Garcés, B., Ayala, C., Karanasiou, A., Vázquez Garrido, J. T., González-Jiménez, J. M., Calvo, E., Mata Campo, M. P., Álvaro Blasco, J. J., and Moreno, A.: Geosciences for a Sustainable Planet: a new collaborative network to address societal and environmental challenges in the Anthropocene, EGU General Assembly 2024, Vienna, Austria, 14–19 Apr 2024, EGU24-9671,, 2024.