EUROPLANET 2024 Research Infrastructure (EPN-2024-RI) is a project that aims to create an infrastructure required by the European planetary science community to address the new scientific and technological challenges of Solar System exploration.

EPN-2024-RI also aims to enhance the “virtual access” (VA) services to more than 100 digital data archives derived from space missions, observation campaigns, modeling projects and laboratory experiments, facilitating their processing and interpretation, and to include for the first time a geological mapping portal, GMAP, coordinated by the University of Padova with an important contribution of the University “G. d'Annunzio” Chieti - Pescara.

The planetary geological mapping project GMAP also involves the Servizio Geologico d'Italia - ISPRA for the definition of cartographic standards and for the classification of geological units on the different planets.

GMAP brings together partners and results from two projects previously funded by Horizon 2020 (UPWARDS and PLANMAP) with the aim of providing tools and services for the geological mapping of any planetary body of our Solar System.

GMAP is therefore an important infrastructure for Europe that will provide interactive access and will be able to cover every aspect of geological mapping of any planetary body in the Solar System.

The infrastructure created through GMAP will support future European missions in developing strategies for on-orbit acquisition, rover operations and human exploration programs.

The Project will produce sets of innovative geological maps, digital elevation models (DEMs), digital outcrop scale models (DOMs) and 3D geological models from geological maps.

The Virtual Access Service and the Joint Research Activity are coordinated by the University of Padova and Jacobs University Bremen in collaboration with: University "G. d'Annunzio" Chieti - Pescara, Geological Survey of Italy - ISPRA, DLR, INAF, Polish Academy of Sciences, Chinese University of Geosciences, Wuhan University, Shandong University, Peking University.