Societal values and consequences of integrating geosystem services into subsurface planning
Research Project, 2020 – 2021

Important benefits for society are derived from the subsurface. It provides a range of geosystem services (GS): extraction of groundwater, energy and materials, space for underground constructions and storing (e.g. water, energy, CO2), and archive of cultural and geological heritage. GS are currently not systematically considered in planning processes: the first come, first served principle is applied. We aim to develop a framework, to be used by policy makers and planners, that provides a systematic approach to the understanding of, and the developments around GS identification and management. The concept of GS, we argue, will enable a greater consideration of subsurface societal values. It will help identify the planning levels where GS should be strategically considered; it will promote the development of methodologies for the integration of selected GS into planning; and it will help to identify opportunities within the planning process for stakeholder engagement and communication. To realise the above, we will run 3 workshops targeting key stakeholders in Sweden and Finland. The purpose of the workshops are to: 1) establish a network of stakeholders engaged in GS mapping, analysis and strategic planning, which can also last beyond the project; and 2) develop a more in-depth idea of GS and their diversity, in collaboration with key stakeholders, as a basis for a stage 2 proposal on a methodologically feasible way to move forward in the implementation of GS considerations.


Jenny Norrman (contact)

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Geology and Geotechnics

Yevheniya Volchko

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Geology and Geotechnics


City of Gothenburg

Gothenburg, Sweden

Geological Survey of Sweden (SGU)

Uppsala, Sweden

Malmö university

Malmö, Sweden

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Sydney, Australia



Project ID: 31-116/2020
Funding Chalmers participation during 2020

Related Areas of Advance and Infrastructure

Sustainable development

Driving Forces

Building Futures (2010-2018)

Areas of Advance


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