The U-Geohaz proposal will have three types of beneficiaries:

• Direct beneficiaries: The Spanish (SP) and Canary Island (CI) CPAs and the Valle d’Aosta CPA will be the end users of the U-Geohaz project development. Firstly, SP and CI will benefit from the volcanic early warning through the implementation of the Volcano Monitoring System of CNIG-IGN. Secondly, CI will benefit from the knowledge acquired during the testing of the tailored tools able to support a rockfall early warning developed by CNR-IRPI and IGME. Finally, the Valle d’Aosta CPA will take profit of the near-real time mapping system for landslides implemented at the UniFi Earth Sciences department. Moreover, it is planned to implement some of the U-Geohaz tools and methods in selected GSs, in order to test, validate and demonstrate their potentialities to the corresponding national CPAs. To conclude, the other national Geological Surveys involved in the project will have access to all the tools and procedures developed in the project, the generated documentation and the meetings.

• Potential end-users: most of the products of U-Geohaz are based on Sentinel-1 data and open access tools. This means that the implementation and use can be addressed without additional funding. In this context, all the actors involved in the prevention activities at different levels (national/regional and users or providers) are potential end-users of the project. In this context, a key action of the project will be the dissemination that involve the following key activities: (i) the organization of short meetings at each GS involved in the project, in order to promote the use of the U-Geohaz and SAFETY products and involve the corresponding national CPAs; (ii) the organization of an international workshop to disseminate the results of the project; and (iii) the distribution of the U-Geohaz tools through the project web site.

• General public: all the developed tools will also be available to the general public. In this context, it is expected to disseminate the project results through international conferences, the participation to different workshops and meetings and the web site.

• 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.

• 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 U-Geohaz.

• 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).

• A better understanding of the relations between GSs and the corresponding CPAs in the different European countries. This document will be a key input to detect gaps to be filled and propose ways for improving the cooperation and to support the capacity building in prevention actions at national level.

• Evaluate of the impact of geohazards in Europe with a focus on recent damaging events affecting urban structures and infrastructures.

• Demonstration of the U-Geohaz product performance to the GSs and the CPAs from the participating countries. This last objective will suppose an improvement of the links between relevant actors throughout the disaster management cycle, in particular in the prevention and preparedness phases.

U-Geohaz, Geohazard impact assessment for urban areas, is focused on monitoring geohazard-associated ground deformations, a key prevention action that will be 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, giving information on the stability of the monitored areas and to evaluate the expected damage. The goal of the project will be achieved by fully exploiting the results obtained in SAFETY project (ECHO/SUB/2015/718679/PREV02). In particular, U-Geohaz aims to advance with respect to SAFETY, evolving from periodically updated maps to a near-real time mapping and monitoring of geohazards 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 validation of its potentialities by implementing their use in the involved Civil Protection Authorities (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 EU 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.

Project co-funded by the European Commission, Directorate-General Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO), under the call UCPM-2017-PP-AG.
Acronym: U-Geohaz
Title: Geohazard impact assessment for urban areas
Area of activity/subject: Landslides/Rockslides/Volcanic activity
Call: Prevention and preparedness in civil protection and marine pollution (UCPM-2017-PP-AG)
Policy area: Prevention
Priority: Projects focusing on improving urban resilience by addressing cascade effects and the resilience of urban infrastructure
Proposal number: 2017/PREV/783169
Duration: 24 Months
Starting date: 01/01/2018
Number of beneficiaries: 18 (11 countries/12 Geological surveys/3 CPAs involved)
Total cost: 989,504.16 €
EC Contribution: €742,128.00 €
Financing rate: 75.00%

Project Coordinator: Oriol Monserrat – Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC)


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The project is organized in six Work Packages (WPs). In addition to the WPs devoted to coordination (WP1) and dissemination (WP6), it includes three WPs (WP2, WP3 and WP4) addressing the development of the U-Geohaz products for landslides, volcanic activity and rockfall, respectively. An additional WP (WP5) is devoted to study the scalability and repeatability for different scenarios through the study of different cases over Europe.

For each of the three WPs (WP2, WP3 and WP4), the methodology will be:

(1) gathering the end-user’s requirements and feedback along the implementation of the project. This task will be carried out by each WP leader, in close collaboration with the involved CPAs;
(2) developing a procedure and the tools to produce the U-Geohaz products;
(3) setting up a demonstration exercise over real test sites;
(4) validating the obtained results;
(5) implementing procedure and tools to be exploited by the CPAs.

It is worth emphasizing that even if the methodology for each WP will be the same, the tasks will address different geohazards, with different needs and characteristics. As a consequence, different approaches will be applied.

The WP5 will consist in a parallel task that is focused:

(i) to provide a better understanding of the relations between GSs and the corresponding CPAs in the different European countries;
(ii) to evaluate the impact of geohazards in Europe with a focus on recent damaging events affecting urban structures and infrastructures and;
(iii) to demonstrate the U-Geohaz products performance to the GSs and the CPAs from the participating countries. This demonstration will be done by in-situ training at the selected GSs, and providing support to use the U-Geohaz tools on the selected sites.


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