Geological Survey of Hokkaido, Japan

Data Center Description
The Geological Survey of Hokkaido (GSH) was established in 1950
in the Department of Commerce and Industry, Hokkaido Government,
in order to develop abundant geologic resources in the vast land
of Hokkaido. At first, this survey was involved in researching
for minerals, coal, petroleum, all of which are necessary for
reconstruction of Japan after World War II.

Since then, internationalization of mineral resource,
diversification of energy utilization and more conscious of
conservation of the land and the environment, have demanded
wider range of geological researching. In response to such
change in social circumstances and demand from society, the
survey has been studying not only fuel and metal deposits, but
also development and preservation of water resources, geothermal
hot springs.

During the researching, the survey has also been making
geological maps, which are basis of various researching. As the
results, Hokkaido has become the remarkable area where
geological mapping on a scale of 1:50,000 is the most advanced
in Japan.

Recently, researching for resource development and environmental
problem fitting for local needs is on demand. Furthermore,
researching for the development of new resources in the sea, and
surveys of active faults, are of importance.

The Geological Survey of Hokkaido respond to the local demands
by Department of Regional Geology where researching for
resources development and prevention for disaster related
geology are doing, and Department of Environmental Geology where
evaluation of geothermal and underground water and the
geological environmental problems are dealt with, and Department
of Marine Geoscience, is located in Otaru City, where the marine
development, utilization and prevention in coastal area of
Hokkaido. The survey has also an information sub-section in the
Department of General Affairs to deal with geological data.


[Summary provided by the GSH]