The project

The objective of PanGeo is to enable free and open access to geohazard information in support of the program Copernicus (former GMES – Global Monitoring for Environment and Security), based on the collection of environmental data via satellites. This is being achieved by making available geohazard data for 52 of the largest towns of Europe, involving all 27 countries of the EU and covering about 13% of the EU population. A PanGeo web-portal will make datasets discoverable, accessible and useable via a distributed web-map system as built and demonstrated by OneGeology Europe.

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.

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 (this provides insights into what types of urban land use are affected by geohazards described in the ground stability layer).

The integration and interpretation will be made by the corresponding national Geological Survey for the towns concerned.

Targets and Aims

Ground instability, or “geohazards”, affect us all. They can be dangerous and costly, yet information on these phenomena can be difficult if not impossible to obtain. 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 standardize 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 conveyance, environmental reporting
The public: empowers citizens with information about the geohazards in their area.

Users of the PanGeo portal will be able to navigate to the town of interest. 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.


PanGeo is an EC Project of the Seventh Framework Program. The project is divided into 10 Work packages lead by the 27 European Geological Surveys data providers and other stakeholders with specific competence in the various fields.

Click here to access the data produced in the PanGeo Project.