Geologica Belgica meeting

Geosciences made in Belgium

The Geological Survey of Belgium attended the 7th international Geologica Belgica Meeting 2021 which took place between 15-17 September at the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren. The theme of the conference this year was “Geosciences made in Belgium”, opening a forum where Belgian and Belgium-based scientists and colleagues exhibited the wide diversity of their activities, in Belgium and abroad.

Photos: Courtesy of Atefe Choopani

GSB contributions

The GSB team participated in various contributions to the conference. The full abstract book is available here.


Geodynamics and Mineral Resources

Carbonatitic affinity of the rare earth element (REE) mineralization at Gakara (Burundi)
Florian Buyse, Stijn Dewaele, Sophie Decrée, Florias Mees


Earth Surface Processes and Geohazards

The LASUGEO project: monitoring LAnd SUbsidence caused by Groundwater exploitation through gEOdetic measurements
Xavier Devleeschouwer, Atefe Choopani, Aline Moreau, Kristine Walraevens, Marc Van Camp, Michel Van Camp, Kevin Gobron, Alain Dassargues, Philippe Orban, Pierre-Yves Declercq


Planetary Magmatic and Metamorphic Systems

Petrogenesis and isotopic investigation of Pillow Lavas from the Troodos ophiolite, Cyprus: Cu and Zn isotopes
Nina Zaronikola, Vinciane Debaille, Sophie Decrée, Ryan Mathur, Basilios Tsikouras, Christodoulos Hadjigeorgiou


Geology, Man and Society

Structural framework as the new fundament for international geoscientific cooperation and policy support
Renata Barros, Kris Piessens, Katrijn Dirix

Towards a dynamic and interdisciplinary assessment for the sustainable management of geological resources
Tine Compernolle, Kris Piessens, Kris Welkenhuysen

Sourcing natural stone used in the architecture of stone-poor landscapes, demonstrated for northern Belgium
Michiel Dusar, Marleen De Ceukelaire

Enhanced rock weathering: the overlooked hydrodynamic trap
Kris Piessens, Renata Barros, Tine Compernolle, Sophie Decree, Christian Burlet, Ivan Janssens, Sara Vicca

UNESCO Global Geopark Famenne-Ardenne, Belgium – opportunities and role for geoscientists
Sophie Verheyden, Serge Delaby

Naturally CO2-rich water springs in Belgium evidencing complex subsurface interaction
Kris Welkenhuysen, Agathe Defourny, Arnaud Collignon, Patrick Jobe, Alain Dassargues, Kris Piessens, Renata Barros


Basin Research and Sedimentology-Stratigraphy

Silurian solid bitumen from Huy: evidences for a petroleum system in Belgium
Michiel Arts, Coralie Bosteels, Xavier Devleeschouwer, Anne-Christine Da Silva

A 1500 years-record of North Atlantic storminess from the Shetland Islands (UK) – preliminary insights
Max Engel, Katharina Hess, Tasnim Patel, Sue Dawson, Jan Oetjen, Andreas Koutsodendris, Polina Vakhrameeva, Isa Schön, Vanessa M. A. Heyvaert

Correlating cross-border Cenozoic stratigraphy in the Belgian-Dutch border region: results from H3O – De Voorkempen
Jan Walstra, Armin Menkovic, Jef Deckers, Frieda Bogemans, Michiel Dusar, Andreas F. Kruisselbrink, Bruno Meyvis, Dirk Munsterman, Bernd Rombaut, Tamara J.M. Van De Ven, Kris Welkenhuysen, Ronald W. Vernes


New Spectroscopic Methods in Geosciences

The ROBOMINERS LIBS spectrometer: a mining sensor prototype for autonomous in-stream, in-slurry geochemical diagnostics
Christian Burlet, Giorgia Stasi, Tobias Pinkse, Claudio Rossi

Geochemical imaging at hand-sample scale of Belgian Zn-Pb ores using Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS)
Séverine Papier, Jean-Marc Baele, Hassan Bouzahzah, Sophie Verheyden, Christian Burlet, Eric Pirard, Anca Croitor, Sophie Decrée, Guy Franceschi, Léon Dejonghe

ROBOMINERS: changing the ground rules
Giorgia Stasi, Christian Burlet, Luis Lopes, Claudio Rossi, Stephen Henley, Tobias Pinkse, Asko Ristolainen, Vitor Correia, Alicja Kot-Niewiadomska, Jussi Aaltonen, Michael Berner, Nelson Cristo, Eva Hartai, Gorazd Zibret, Janos Horvath

Development of a Laser-Induced Breakdown spectrometry (LIBS) instrumentation and protocols for rapid screening of soils
Sophie Verheyden, Christian Burlet, Anca Croitor, Jean-Marc Baele, Severine Papier, Eric Pirard, Hassan Bouzahzah, Matic Pusovnik


Quaternary and Anthropocene (BELQUA)

Preliminary results from palynological and diatoms analyses from three sites of the Medieval harbour network in the Zwin area in North of Belgium and the Netherlands: Hoeke, Mude and Aardenbur
Coralie Andre, Wim De Clercq, Dante De Ruijsscher, Vanessa M.A. Heyvaert, Frieda Bogemans, Stephen Louwye

Reconstructing the late Holocene sedimentary landscape of the Zwin area nearby Bruges late-medieval outport Hoeke
Frieda Bogemans, Vanessa Heyvaert, Coralie André, Stephen Louwye, Jan Tranchet, Wim De Clercq

Metagenomics of tsunami deposits: developments and challenges from a case study on the Shetland Islands (UK)
Max Engel, Tasnim Patel, Anna Pint, Sue Dawson, Isa Schön, Vanessa M. A. Heyvaert


Geophysics and Seismology

Statistical imaging of the deformation over Belgium using multiple geodetic techniques
Kevin Gobron, Pierre-Yves Declercq, Xavier Devleeschouwer, Michel Van Camp

Study of the eigenfrequencies of stalagmites to better understand paleoseismicity
Aurélie Martin, Thomas Lecocq, Ari Lannoy, Yves Quinif, Sophie Verheyden, Serge Delaby, Thierry Camelbeeck, Nathalie Fagel

Geophysical well log correlations in the Quaternary deposits of the Campine area, northern Belgium
Jan Walstra, Frieda Bogemans, Marleen De Ceukelaire, Michiel Dusar, Vanessa M.A. Heyvaert, Bruno Meyvis, Kris Welkenhuysen



Deep Geothermal Energy Extraction, a Review on Environmental Hotspots with Focus on Geo-technical Site Conditions
Spiros Gkousis, Tine Compernolle, Kris Welkenhuysen

Influence of the heat network rollout time on the risk and profitability of a deep geothermal plant
Bruno Meyvis, Virginie Harcouet-Menou, Kris Welkenhuysen

New geological information of the Cambrian basement obtained from geothermal exploration projects in Brussels and Walloon- and Flemish-Brabant
Estelle Petitclerc, Pabitra Gurung, Pierre Gerard, Marc Van Camp, Jeroen Van Der Veken, Gust Van Lysebetten, Koen Van Noten, Kristine Walraevens

Ranking CO2 storage capacities and identifying their technical, economic and regulatory constraints: A review of methods and screening criteria
Alejandra Tovar, Kris Welkenhuysen, Kris Piessens

Optimal geodata centralization and disclosure as support for subsurface exploration
Johanna Van Daele, Helga Ferket, Renata Barros

Analysing CO2 capture, transport, and storage chain options for cement industry in the LEILAC2 project
Kris Welkenhuysen, Alejandra TovarKris Piessens

Decision support under uncertainty for geothermal applications: case selection
Kris Welkenhuysen, Tine Compernolle, Olivier Kaufmann, Ben Laenen, Bruno Meyvis, Kris Piessens, Spiros Gousis, Nicolas Dupont, Virginie Harcouet-Menou, Justin Pogacnik


DGE-Rollout, Roll-out of Deep Geothermal Energy in NW Europe

DGE-ROLLOUT – Promoting Deep Geothermal Energy in North-West Europe
Tobias Fritschle, Estelle Petitclerc, Timme Van Melle, Matsen Broothaers, Arianna Passamonti, Martin Arndt, Burcu Taşdemir, Chelsea Pederson, Martin Salamon