Project title

Enabling access to geological information in support of GMES


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 geo-hazard information in support of GMES. This will be achieved by the generation of a validated Geohazard Data Layer supported by a Geohazard Summary for 52 of the largest towns listed in the GMES Land Theme's Urban Atlas involving all 27 countries of the EU. Upon user enquiry, a PanGeo web-portal will automatically integrate the geo-hazard 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 (


The key users of PanGeo are anticipated as:

  • Local Authority planners and regulators who are concerned with managing development risk,
  • National geological surveys and geo-science 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 land cover/use status of European towns.

The integration and interpretation, plus a validation of key features observed, will be made by the corresponding national Geological Survey for the towns concerned. It is planned to deliver the service for two Urban Atlas towns in each country of the EU (Luxembourg and Cyprus only 1), equalling fifty-two towns in total. The geological survey concerned will choose the towns for processing from the Urban Atlas list using their own knowledge as to where the information will be of most use, probably the largest towns, which, when extrapolated, would equal (13% of total EU urban population). User input to design will be facilitated by the Surveys contracted into the project and initiation of 'Local Authority Feedback Group'. Terrafirma has shown the potential for the self-sustainability of services providing InSAR-derived terrain-motion data, as 30% of users have gone on to procure further product on a commercial basis...


Products will be made by integrating:

  • Interpreted InSAR terrain-motion data (derived from existing projects, e.g. ESA GSE Terrafirma plus new processing),
  • Geological information, and
  • The landcover and land use data contained within the Urban Atlas.
  • Fugro NPA Ltd, United Kingdom
  • Natural Environment Research Council (British Geological Survey), United Kingdom
  • Landmark Information Group. United Kingdom
  • Nederlandse Organisatie Voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek (TNO), The Netherlands
  • Systèmes d’Information à Référence Spatiale (SIRS), France
  • Consorci Institut de Geomatica (Institute of Geomatics), Spain
  • Bureau de Recherches Géologiques at Minières (BRGM), France
  • EuroGeoSurveys, Pan-European Federation Europeenne des Geologues, EU
  • AB Consulting, United Kingdom
  • Tele-Rilevamento Europa, Italy
  • Gamma Remote Sensing, Switzerland
  • Altamira Information, Spain
  • Geologische Bundesanstalt, Austria
  • Institut Royal des Sciences Naturellesde Belgique, Belgium
  • Ministry of Environment and Water, Bulgaria
  • Ministry Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment of Cyprus
  • Ceska Geologicka Sluzba, Czech Republic
  • Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, Denmark
  • Eesti Geoloogiakeskus OÜ, Estonia
  • Geologian tutkimuskeskus, Finland
  • Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe, Germany
  • Instituto Geologikon Kai Metalleytikon Ereynon, Greece.
  • Magyar Állami Földtani Intézet, Hungary
  • Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Ireland
  • Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale, Italy
  • Latvijas Universitate, Latvia
  • Lietuvos geologijos tarnyba prie Aplinkos ministerijos, Lithuania
  • Administration des Ponts et Chaussees Direction, Luxembourg
  • Malta Resources Authority, Malta
  • Panstwowy Instytut Geologiczny, Poland
  • Laboratório Nacional de Energia e Geologia, Portugal
  • Institutul Geologic Al Romaniei, Romania
  • Statny Geologicky Ustav Dionyza Stura, Slovakia
  • Geološki zavod Slovenije, Slovenia
  • Instituto Geológico y Minero de España, Spain
  • Sveriges Geologiska Undersokning, Sweden

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