Geohazard impact assessment for urban areas
The U-Geohaz project is focused on monitoring geohazard-associated ground deformations, a key prevention action that will be specifically addressed to urban areas and critical infrastructures.
U-Geohaz Kick-Off Meeting Gruppenfoto

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, giving information on the stability of the monitored areas and their expected damage and degree loss. The goal of the project will be achieved by fully exploiting the results obtained in SAFETY project (ECHO/SUB/2015/718679/PREV02).

U-Geohaz aims to advance with respect to SAFETY, evolving from periodically updated maps to an early mapping and monitoring of the geohazard activity. In particular, the project will provide tools to support early warning (EW) systems for landslides and rock-falls, 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 will be tested both volcanic and rock-fall early-warning. In the second, the methodology will be applied for landslide geohazard. The main output of the project will be the development of new products for multi-geohazard prevention purposes and the demonstration of its potentialities by implementing their use in the involved CPAs. All the products will be Inspire-compliant and developed following the recommendations of Sendai Framework for Disaster Reduction. The project will include also a review of the relation between the National Geological Surveys (GS) and the CPAs, with the aim of contributing to improve their cooperations. This task will be relevant in order to fill a gap detected in the project SAFETY, where the involved CPAs demonstrated a high interest in the developed products, but a low capacity to produce them. The aim is to exploit the technical capacities of the GS to fill this gap.


The U-Geohaz project has the general objective of developing tools and products for near-real time mapping to support and monitor geohazard activity and its potential impact in urban areas and infrastructures. This goal will be achieved through the following specific objectives: • Development of a procedure to exploit the 6-day repeatability of Sentinel-1 to early detect active movements and produce vulnerable elements activity maps (VEAM). This goal, focused on early warning systems, will suppose an advance with respect the SAFETY products for landslides. • Development of an early warning system for volcanic activity by fully exploiting the 6-day repeatability of Sentinel-1. This objective will suppose an important contribution for the Spanish and Canary Island CPAs, improving the existing system for volcanic activity monitoring lead by CNIG-IGN, one of the partners of UGeohaz. • Development of a system able to support early warning systems for rockfall based in weather forecast, rockfall susceptibility models and rockfall propagation models. This system will be based on the knowledge acquired in the SAFETY and LAMPRE projects and will suppose a first test of a prototype for early warning systems for rockfall. • Demonstration of the three above described goals in real test scenarios: Gran Canaria, Tenerife and El Hierro islands (Spain) and Valle d’Aosta (Italy).

» CTTC - Technological Centre of Telecomunications of Catalonia - Koordinator
» Geologische Bundesanstalt (GBA)
» Instituto Geológico Minero de España (IGME)
» Università di Firenze (UniFi)
» Istituto di Ricerca per la Protezione Idrogeologica/Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR-IRPI)
» Centro Nacional de Información Geográfica-Instituto Geográfico Nacional (CNIG-IGN))
» Canarian CPA (GOBCAN)
» Val d’Aosta Civil Protection (VARCP)
» Panstwowy Instytut Geologiczny – Panstwowy Instytut Badawczy (PGI, Poland)
» Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières (BRGM)
» Greek Institute of Geology and Mineral Exploration (IGME-GR)
» Institut Cartogràfic i Geologic de Catalunya (ICGC)
» Lithuanian Geological Survey (LGT)
» Laboratório Nacional de Energia e Geologia (LNEG)
» Czech geological survey (CGS)
» Geological Survey of Slovenia (GeoZS)
» NERC-British Geological Survey (BGS)
» Geological Institute of Romania (GIR)
» Italian National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA)

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ProjekttitelGeohazard impact assessment for urban areas
ProjektkurztitelGeohazard impact assessment for urban areas
ProjektleitungDipl. Ing. Dr. Arben Koçiu
ProjektmitgliederMSc. Filippo Vecchiotti
Zeitraum01.01.18 - 31.01.20
FinanzierungEuropean Commission, Directorate General for European Civil Protection and humanitarian Aid Operatio