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The list of international projects SAS

Earth Science Institute of the SAS
Adria Array in Slovakia
AdriaArray na Slovensku
Program: Mobility
Project leader: Mgr. Csicsay Kristián PhD.
Duration: 1.1.2021 - 31.12.2022
Application of a new SpaceMap program for calculation of 3D complex crustal model in the Carpathian-Pannonian Basin region
Aplikácia nového SpaceMap programu pre výpočet 3D komplexného kôrového modelu v karpatsko-panónskom regióne
Program: Inter-academic agreement
Project leader: prof. RNDr. Bielik Miroslav DrSc.
Annotation:The main motivation of project is to calculate new and original 3D complex crustal model in the Carpathian-Pannonian Basin region. It will be based on the results obtained by 3D gravity modelling taking into account other geophysical constrains. For calculation of the 3D crustal model we will used new SpaceMap program, which is an important part of the modern, one of the best in the world, 3D GMT-AUTO algorithm.
Duration: 1.4.2020 - 31.3.2022
CAPABLE – CArpathian PAnnonian Basin Lithosphere Enquiry
Program: International Visegrad Found (IVF)
Project leader: Mgr. Fojtíková Lucia PhD.
Annotation:The main focus of the CAPABLE project is a detailed lithosphere study of the Carpathians-Pannonian Basin region, which is possible thanks to the dense network of newly installed temporary seismic stations in frame of the European AlpArray-PACASE complementary experiment. Only gross features of the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary variations and the lithosphere structure are known up to now due to the insufficient data from only several seismic observatories in the region, which provide data for such studies. In spite of that, significant variations of the upper mantle structure were imaged, which calls for more detailed studies. The research needs to be carried out in cooperation of scientists from all four Visegrad countries, to retrieve the crustal and upper mantle structure down to about 600 km. The lithosphere in the Carpathians-Pannonian Basin is composed of several colliding microplates. Regional seismicity, with intensity up to VIII=IX, represents a danger for inhabitants in the region. The CAPABLE team, composed of the Visegrad institutions, will collect new data and process them jointly with different methods, interpret them along with nonseimological inferences, develop a 3D model of the upper mantle and the lithosphere structure. Moreover a foreseen seismo-tectonic model will allow more precise definition of seismically active areas and their active fault systems and thus help to understand the seismic evolution and the Neotectonic regime and recently active fault zones.
Duration: 1.1.2020 - 31.12.2021
Geophysical events and their bioindication using microorganisms
Geofyzikálne príhody a ich bioiklidikácia pomocou mikroorganizmov
Program: Inter-academic agreement
Project leader: RNDr. Nejedlík Pavol CSc.
Annotation:Using the results and hypotheses obtained in the joint research during 2017-2019, the project team has decided to continue research activities within the frame of this project, that including the following steps: - monitoring fluctuations of geophysical phenomena such as low-frequency geomagnetic field fluctuations (Slovakia, Hurbanovo Geomagnetic Observatory), high time resolution measurements of atmospheric pressure, temperature, humidity ( in the regions of Ukraine and Slovakia) to perform the amplitude-frequency analysis of the obtained data; -development and modification of systems for automatized investigation of bioindicator parameters and an aspect of modelling of geophysical parameters; -determination of processes of interaction of fluctuations of geophysical factors with changes of bioluminescence of bacteria, metachromasia of voluminous granules of yeast and antioxidant properties of plants, those being as bioindicators; - development of algorithms and programs for the study of correlations between fluctuations of geophysical phenomena characteristics considered and bioindicators; - comparative analysis of the obtained data to determine the mechanisms of influence of chosen geophysical factors on biologically important processes.
Duration: 1.4.2020 - 31.3.2022
Gravimetric investigation of the structure of the Etna summit craters system
Gravimetrický prieskum štruktúry systému vrcholových kráterov sopky Etna
Program: Horizon 2020
Project leader: RNDr. Vajda Peter PhD.
Annotation:The project aims at investigating the geological structure of the uppermost plumbing system of Etna, using gravimetry. New gravity observations will be carried out in the summit craters area on Etna. The survey area will be selected based on current eruptive activity and safety precautions. Complete Bouguer anomalies shall be compiled based on refined topographic/terrain correction using the Toposk software. Attention will be paid to the use of accurate and up-to-date DEM. The gravity data will be inverted as well as modelled using IGMAS+ software. The density models will be interpreted in geological and volcanological context.
Duration: 1.3.2020 - 30.11.2021
Cretaceous – Paleogene boundary in Carpathians – multidisciplinary research
Hranice křída – paleogén v Karpatech – multidisciplinárni výskum
Program: Inter-institute agreement
Project leader: doc. RNDr. Soták Ján DrSc.
Annotation:New project of Geological Institute of Czech Academy of Sciences is focused on the paleomagnetic research of the Cretaceous/Paleogene boundary formations. Geophysical methodics is necessary to combine this project with biostratigraphic and sedimentologic research of selected sections through K/T boundary. Accordingly, Geological Institute CAS cooperates with Earth Science Institute of SAS and completes the research team by biostratigraphers and sedimentologists working in Carpathians.
Duration: 1.9.2018 - 31.12.2021
Correlation and comparisom of the products of the late Permian and early to mid Triassic magmatic activity in the Balkanides (median and external zones) and Western Carpathians
Korelácia a porovnanie produktov vrchnopermskýej a spodnotriasovej magmatickej aktivity v Balkanidách a Západných Karpatoch
Program: Mobility
Project leader: RNDr. Broska Igor DrSc.
Duration: 1.1.2021 - 31.12.2022
Correlation of Jurassic-Cretaceous boundary sequences in the Tethyan Mediterranean Belt and adjacent regions based on geodynamics (lithostratigraphy, sequence analysis, paleogeography), micro- and nannofossil record and global climate and sea-level change
Korelácia jursko-kriedových hraničných sekvencií v tethidnom mediteránnom pásme a priľahlých oblastiach založená na geodynamike (litostratigrafia, sekvenčná analýza, paleogeografia), mikro- a nanofosílnom zázname a globálnych zmenách podnebia a úrovne mor
Program: Inter-academic agreement
Project leader: doc. RNDr. Michalík Jozef DrSc.
Annotation:Recent studies in both countries (Slovakia and Bulgaria – Michalik et al., 2016; Lakova & Petrova, 2013; Grabowski et al., 2016; Stoykova et al., submitted) have demonstrated the availability of suitable geological object for detailed study – well-exposed continuous sedimentary successions across the JKB interval. Our goal aims at complex investigation of two geological locations, comprising the JKB interval – one in Slovakia and one in Bulgaria. The direct integration of regional geology, lithofacies studies, calpionellid and nannofossil biostratigraphy, sequence stratigraphy would be of crucial importance to make a reliable correlation between the studied locations, as well as to promote the selected sections as auxiliary local stratotypes for the JKB. Background of cooperation and envisaged results and benefit: There are several important JKB sequences exposed on Bulgarian and Slovak territories (both belonging to different parts of the Tethyan Belt), which can contribute to the question of drawing of the Jurassic / Cretaceous boundary. Moreover, there are several Bulgarian and Slovak specialists participating in the project and deeply involved in the work of Berriasian Working Group (BWG) of the International Commission of Stratigraphy solving the question of the GSSP establishing of this important stratigraphical boundary since the end of the last millennium. As the drawing of universally valid Stratotype of the boundary is still matter of vivid discussions, the only possible way is constriction of a net of local, studied in details stratotypes, which can bring a remarkable progress.
Duration: 1.1.2018 - 31.12.2021
Western Tethys meets Eastern Tethys
Oceánske prepojenie východnej a západnej Tethýdy
Program: UNESCO
Project leader: doc. RNDr. Soták Ján DrSc.
Annotation:The aim of this IGCP project is to bring together geologists from the western and eastern parts of the former Tethys (Morocco/Iberia–SE Asia) for establishing a common framework and a common tectonostratigraphical concept (latest Paleozoic–Mesozoic with emphasis on Permian–Jurassic).
Duration: 1.1.2020 - 31.12.2024
Deposit-to-Regional Scale Exploration
Od ložiskového k regionálnemu prieskumu
Program: Multilateral - other
Project leader: RNDr. Vozár Ján PhD.
Annotation:Mineral deposits are a small part of a very large geological context, the so-called mineral system. The first objective of D-Rex is to build onto this new paradigm with geophysical data from three prospective areas in Sweden, Greenland and Finland. Therefore, the second objective of D-Rex is the integration of multi-facetted geophysical data acquired at those prospective areas. The third objective of D-Rex is the unification, optimum integration and visualization of geological and geophysical data on the basis of the Common Earth Modelling (CEM) concept. Key element of the project involves: Electromagnetic (deposit scale) surveys; Development of multimethod 3D modelling/inversion technique; Joint inversion assisted by machine learning techniques to couple different geophysical parameters, to uncover correlations between them as well as their absence; Regional to deposit scale models integration into Common Earth Model based on all available geophysical and geological data; Building predictivity maps based on the regional models; Correlation and interpretation of regional scale together with deposit scale models. The outputs of this project will be novel technologies and workflows that directly address Europe’s goal to become self-sufficient in terms of raw materials. We will achieve an improved understanding of the geological history of key mineral districts in Europe and by proxy also other similar or related European metallogenic zones. This understanding will result in improved models for the formation of minerals and allow us to better predict their expected locations. This will lead to the discovery of new, higher-grade and possibly larger mineral deposits and thus better supply.
Duration: 1.12.2020 - 30.11.2023
Comparison of geophysical and geological structures of the Western Carpathian lithosphere with other orogenic areas in Europe ämainly Bohemian Massif and Norwegian Caledonides)
Porovnanie geofyzikálnych a geologických štruktúr litosféry Západných Karpát s inými orogénnymi oblasťami Európy (hlavne s Českým masívom a nórskymi kaledonidami)
Program: Mobility
Project leader: RNDr. Bezák Vladimír CSc.
Duration: 1.1.2021 - 31.12.2022
Regional conductivity anomalies role in tectonic development of the Carpathians
Rola regionálnych vodivostných anomálií v tektonickom vývoji Karpát
Program: Inter-academic agreement
Project leader: RNDr. Vozár Ján PhD.
Annotation:The project is focused on the geophysical study the Earth’s lithosphere of the Carpathians in the area of Slovakia. Newly collected and old magnetotelluric (MT) data and geophysical (gravity and thermal) data available from previous experiments will be modelled by joint inversion algorithms. We will localize the accumulations of the highly conductive fractions, either fluids or electronic conductors related to tectonic disturbances in the crust of Slovakia. The Carpathian Conductivity Anomaly (CCA) will be identified among structures and imaged along the contact zone between the Inner and Outer Carpathians
Duration: 11.2.2019 - 30.12.2021
De-risking Ireland’s Geothermal Energy Potential
Spresnenie írskeho potenciálu geotermálnej energie
Program: Other
Project leader: RNDr. Vozár Ján PhD.
Annotation:The four-year research project will integrate multi-disciplinary, multi-scale geophysical, geological and geochemical data by means of joint analysis, interpretation, modelling and inversion. The DIG team assembled for the project brings comprehensive knowledge of geophysical and geological methods. These include active and passive seismics, active and passive (i.e. magnetotellurics) electromagnetic methods, and integrated geophysical-petrological modelling together with Irish crustal geology and rock geochemistry.
Duration: 11.2.2020 - 30.12.2022
Importance of raw materials in the economy of V4 countries
Význam nerastných surovín v ekonomike krajín V4
Program: International Visegrad Found (IVF)
Project leader: RNDr. Broska Igor DrSc.
Annotation:The aim of the project is to identify critical raw materials for individual economies and comparing them in the V4 Group. and such materials will be necessary for the development of new technologies in the next 10 years. The JSW in EU is the largest producer of coking coal, which is one of the 27 critical EU raw materials. Other V4 countries have other raw materials which are significant for the European economy. During the meetings all partners will demonstrate their activities and experience in identifying critical raw materials. During the last workshop, experts, scientists and business representatives from V4 countries will formulate common conclusions regarding these issues. The summary of this international cooperation will be the publication of a good practice report constituting a white paper in the area of critical raw materials. In addition, joint implementation of the project will strengthen the projects' impact on its beneficiaries, i.e. entrepreneurs and academic centers from the V4 countries.
Duration: 1.10.2020 - 31.1.2022

The total number of projects: 14