An aggregate quarry near Trondheim. Photo: Peer-Richard NeebAreas suitable for housing development are becoming more scarce. This may lead to restrictions on the potential development of important natural resources, such as sand, gravel and aggregate, metals and minerals, and groundwater. Establishing protected areas, such as for nature conservation, may cause similar restrictions.
NGU carries out systematic mapping and R&D on the country's bedrock, superficial deposits, mineral resources and groundwater. This knowledge contributes to better management of land use with appropriate geoscientific information on landslides, pollution, natural resources and landscape development.
A better understanding of the geological make-up and structure of the subsurface also contributes to safer underground tunnels and facilities. Better geological knowledge and understanding also benefits the management of important coastal regions.