Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources
The Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) is the central geoscientific authority of Germany, providing advice to the Federal Government in all geo-relevant questions. It is subordinate to the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).
BGR focusses on the topics energy resources, mineral resources, groundwater, soil, final disposal of radioactive waste, geological CO2 storage, geo-hazard assessment and the management of fundamental geoscientific information. BGR also carries out polar research, fulfils Germany's obligations with regard to the international Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), and executes projects in the field of international geoscientific cooperation.
BGR has been active in the field of marine research for more than 50 years. Focus has been placed on the geological reconstruction of continental margin evolution, as well as on the assessment of natural resource potential in frontier areas, including the analysis of potential environmental impacts related to natural resource exploitation. A regional focus of BGR's current investigations is on the evolution and the hydrocarbon potential of the northern North Atlantic.
On behalf of the German Federal Government, BGR is currently investigating the deep-sea mineral resource potential of two exploration license areas in international waters, whilst taking account of the highest possible environmental standards. Exploration work focusses on polymetallic nodules in the Pacific Ocean and polymetallic sulphides in the Indian Ocean. Research activities are carried out in close cooperation with German and international research institutes as well as with international organisations such as the International Seabed Authority (ISA).