CTTC holds the Kick off Meeting of the project U-Geohaz

30/01/2018 - 31/01/2018


CTTC holds the Kick off Meeting of the Project U-Geohaz: Geohazard impact assessment for urban areas (UCPM-2017-PP-AG: UCPM-783169). The meeting will take place in January, from the 30th to the 31st, in the CTTC premises (http://www.cttc.es/about-cttc/location-and-contact/).

The U-Geohaz project is focused on monitoring geohazard-associated ground deformations, a key prevention action specifically addressed to urban areas and critical infrastructures. The project will propose a procedure to produce maps to assess continuously the potential impact of geohazard activity. These maps will provide essential inputs to support early warning (EW), giving information on the stability of the monitored areas and to evaluate the expected damage. The project goal will be achieved by fully exploiting the results obtained in the SAFETY project (ECHO/SUB/2015/718679/PREV02). U-Geohaz aims to advance with respect to SAFETY, evolving from periodically updated maps to a near-real time mapping and monitoring of geohazard activity. The project will provide tools to support EW systems for landslides and rockfalls, and an EW system for volcanic geohazard. We will validate its applicability over two test sites located in Canary Islands (Spain) and Valle d’Aosta (Italy). In the first site, both the volcanic and rockfall EWs will be tested. In the second, the methodology will be applied to landslide geohazard. The main output of the project will be the development of new products for multi-geohazard prevention purposes and the validation of their potentialities by implementing them in the involved Civil Protection Authorities (CPAs). All products will be Inspire-compliant and developed following the recommendations of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Reduction. The project will include a review of the relation between the EU Geological Surveys (GSs) and the CPAs, with the aim of contributing to improve their cooperations. This task will be relevant in order to fill a gap detected during the SAFETY project, where the CPAs demonstrated a high interest in the developed products, but a low capacity to produce them.

The CTTC coordinates the project in a consortium with the following partners:

  • Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC), Spain
  • Instituto Geológico y Minero de España (IGME), Spain
  • Centro Nacional de Información Geográfica (CNIG), Spain
  • Università Degli Studi di Firenze (UNIFI), Italy
  • Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), Italy
  • Gobierno de Canarias (GOBCAN), Spain
  • Regione Autonoma Valle d’Aosta (R.V. D’AOSTE), Italy
  • Bureau de Recherches Geologiques et Minières (BRGM), France
  • Institouto Geologikon Kai Metalleftikon Erevnon (IGME-GR), Greece
  • Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya (ICGC), Spain
  • Lietuvos geologijos tarnyba prie Aplinkos ministerijos (LGT), Lithuania
  • Laboratorio Nacional de Energia e Geologia I.P. (LNEG), Portugal
  • Ceska Geologicka Sluzba (CGS), Czech Republic
  • Geoloski Zavod Slovenije (GeoZS), Slovenia
  • Instituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale (ISPRA), Italy
  • Institutul Geologic al Romaniei (IGR), Romania
  • Geologische Bundesanstalt (GBA), Austria
  • Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), United Kingdom