The Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) is an internationally oriented, independent research and advisory institution established in 1888 within the Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate.
GEUS carries out activities to exploit and protect geological resources in Denmark and Greenland. Primary activities are mapping, compilation and storage of data, research, monitoring and consultancy within water, energy, minerals and climate and environment. This includes research and technology development in relation to administration of legislation. GEUS also undertakes assignments related to energy, minerals, water, climate and the environment on a contractual basis for other public authorities, research agencies, private companies and clients outside Denmark. GEUS is part of Geocenter Denmark - a formalised cooperation between GEUS and the Geocience institutes at University of Copenhagen and University of Aarhus.
In 2013, GEUS had a staff of 340 of which 230 hold a PhD or MSc degree, and 70 PhD students and several MSc students are attached to GEUS for research training. The Board of GEUS continuously evaluates the quality of the institution's scientific work. In 2015, an international panel recommended by the Danish Council for Independent Research probed the quality of GEUS' research on water resources. In its assessment, the panel reported that GEUS' research is of high quality. Furthermore, the panel emphasised as an important strength that GEUS successfully applies its hydrological model as a tool to integrate and work across research topics such as groundwater monitoring, groundwater mapping, the water cycle, water quality, water and environmental technology, and management of water resources.GEUS, the Danish Centre for Food and Agriculture (DCA) and the Danish Centre for Environment and Energy (DCE) at Aarhus University developed a national nitrogen model in 2015 which can calculate in more detail and more accurately the amount of nitrogen being leached into coastal waters in Denmark each year and how much is being removed before it ends up in the sea.GEUS is examining onshore, offshore and coastal geological conditions and processes in order to help manage Danish natural resources. This work includes mapping the climate of the past and examining the possible impact of the climate of the future on society. Work also includes monitoring the Greenland ice sheet and glaciers, as well as earthquake research and monitoring