The Instituto Geológico y Minero de España (Spanish Geological Survey) (IGME)
is a public Research Organisation, with Autonomous character, and with more
than 150 years of history attached to the Ministerio de Economía y
Competitividad (Spanish Economy and Competitiveness Ministry) (Real Decreto
1183/2008, de 11 de julio). Following its Statute, its mission is “…to
provide when the Administration of the Spanish State and Autonomous
Communities and the society in general request, the knowledge and detail
information related to Earth Sciences and Technology of any action on its
territory” (R.D. 1953/2000, de 1 de diciembre modificado por el Real Decreto
1134/2007, de 31 de agosto).
The IGME, as a public organisation, provides expert knowledge on all aspects
of geoscience, and is the responsible for advising the Spanish goverment and
its Autonomous Community goverments on the sustainable development of its
territory and resource management. Thus, the IGME is a Reference National
Center of Natural Risks, supports the Reference National Center of Soils and
constitutes the highest National Center providing Information and
Documentation of Earth Sciences in Spain.
The IGME is present in Zaragoza since 1979, when the Research Plan on
Underground Water in the Ebro basin started. This Reserch Plan involved the
execution of numerous projects in Zaragoza and the opening of headquarters
shared between the IGME and private companies there.
The IGME Project Office in Zaragoza was established definitively in 1987.
Its first task was the Hydrogeology, but in the 80s after an agreement with
the Autonomous Goverment of Aragón, it also involved other topics as mining.
In the 90s, a new research line on Natural Risks appeared and also the first
Nowadays, the research and technical aims of Zaragoza’s IGME Office continue
to widen including new research lines following the IGME strategic lines
(Hydrogeology and Environmental Quality, Structural Geology, Geophysics and
3D Subsurface Reconstruction, Geological Cartography, Petrography and
Geological Heritage, Paleoclimatology and Global Change, Paleontology y
Patrimony). At present, the recently renamed IGME Divission at Zaragoza is
part of the Department of Geoscientific Infrastructure and Services.