Event Information:

  • PanGeo


    PanGeo is a service proposed in response to FP7 GMES Downstream Call 3 (released July
    2009). The objective of PanGeo is to enable free and open access to geohazard information in
    support of GMES. This is being achieved by the production of a Geohazard Data Layer supported by a Geohazard Description for 52 of the largest towns listed in the GMES Land Theme’s Urban Atlas, and involves all 27 countries of the EU.

    Upon user enquiry, a PanGeo web-portal will automatically integrate the geohazard data with
    the Urban Atlas to highlight the polygons influenced. The datasets will be made discoverable,
    accessible and useable via a distributed web-map system as built and demonstrated by OneGeology Europe []

    PanGeo is aiming to take a step in developing the ‘missing geological link’ for GMES by initiating a pan-European geological service which will derive and standardise geohazard information across an initial subset of the Urban Atlas towns across Europe.

    The PanGeo service is aimed at six key users groups:

    • Local Authority planners and regulators who are concerned with managing development risk
    • Civil Protection Agencies who use ‘preparedness’ information
    • National geological surveys and geoscience institutes who are obliged to collect geohazard data for public benefit
    • Policy-makers concerned with assessing and comparing European geological risk, much as the Urban Atlas data is used to compare the landcover/use status of European towns
    • Commercial business able to further exploit PanGeo products, e.g. property conveyancing, environmental reporting
    • The public: Empowers citizens with information about the geohazards in their area.

    Products will be made by integrating: a) interpreted InSAR terrain-motion data (derived from new processing and existing products made in the ESA GMES project Terrafirma), b) geological information, and c) the landcover and landuse data contained within the Urban Atlas. The integration and interpretation, , will be made by the corresponding national Geological Survey for the towns concerned. PanGeo information will represent hazard and exposure components that contribute towards any future analysis of risk.

    PanGeo adds significantvalue to the Urban Atlas data produced as part of the GMES Land Themes Geoland2 project.
    The project is divided into 10 Work packages lead by European Geological Surveys data providers and other stakeholders with specific competence in the various field.

    For each PanGeo town, areas of ground instability will be indicated by attributed vector polygons held within the ‘Ground Stability Layer’ product.

    The polygon will be supported by a detailed ‘Geohazard Description’ document that provides a comprehensive interpretation for the geohazard concerned.

    Users of the PanGeo portal will be able to navigate to the town of interest and upon clicking on a Ground Stability Polygon the Geohazard Summary information associated with that polygon will be presented. The Ground Stability Layer and UrbanAtlas information will be presented in the portal in such a way that users can make informed decisions about which land use classes in their towns are affected by ground stability issues. All data is fully downloadable for use and further integration within a user’s own geographic information system.