Sector SQ.2 – Speleology

Although Speleology is regarded as one of the most dangerous sports activities undertaken, and the visit of underground caves one of the most fascinating attractions the landscape has to offer, there is a most fundamental aspect related to this exploration and mapping of underground cavities and tunnels: The investigation of underground water reserves, their storage capacity, conductivity and development.

The correct balance between the maintenance of the beautiful underground sceneries, subsurface water management and sustainable tourism can be found applying a multidisciplinary approach which involves various disciplines in Earth Sciences, Biology, and Engineering.

The large experience of our Worldwide network of Geoscience and Engineers Experts has been deployed numerous times in speleological investigations, and Technologies previously developed in Industrial activities such as 3d laser scanning are already adding significant value to these most important activities.

To examine all the Tasks involved in this Sector, the OCRE Geoscience Services GEG List and CATALOGUE can be consulted.

3D Mapping of a Gypsum Cave in Emilia Romagna (Italy). From: De Waele et al. (2018).