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Integration of Geodetic and imAging TecHiques for monitoring and modelling the Earth's surface defoRmations and Seismic risk

Project description

New partners gather to monitor seismic risks

Geospatial science focuses on using information technology to understand people, places, and processes of the earth. This is a key discipline at Poland’s Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences (WUELS), represented by the Institute of Geodesy and Geoinformatics. The EU-funded GATHERS project will further develop this institute’s expertise in the multi-technique monitoring of ground deformations and seismicity. To maximise research opportunities, the institute researchers will partner with top geospatial scientists in Europe. Over the next three years, the aim is to ensure WUELS numbers among Europe’s top research institutions in geospatial sciences.


H2020 WIDESPREAD TWINNING programme initiatives are aimed at closing networking and partnership gaps that institutions in the Widening countries suffer from. Through their cooperation and knowledge sharing the participating institutions will develop activities for education, staff exchanges, initiation of collaboration in scientific fields, publications and life-long cooperation.
One of the key disciplines of Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences (Uniwersytet Przyrodniczy we Wrocławiu - UPWr) are geospatial sciences (represented by Institute of Geodesy and Geoinformatics - IGiG). To further develop IGiG needs to embark on a new area of expertise; multi-technique monitoring of ground deformations and seismicity using emerging techniques such as Interferometric Synthetic-Aperture Radar (InSAR), Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) and Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). Current challenges in the field are related to the deformation rate and scale, a non-linear character of terrain movements, seismic magnitude, differentiation between the sources of surface deformations, require an enhancement of the methodological approaches as well as substantial expertise in interpretation of the results.
To fully embrace this new research opportunities, IGiG researchers need to team-up with the best European scientists in geospatial sciences. Therefore the overall objective of the project is to enlarge the number of research-intensive sections at IGiG, foster development of leaders (to form Lead Research Working Group in InSAR, LiDAR and GNSS seismology), finally to establish strong networks with the best Universities in Europe to form competitive research applications in H2020. UPWr’ IGiG ambition is to be amongst the top geospatial sciences research institutions over the next three years, to become one of the leading centres of excellence in the Central and Eastern Europe.

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Net EU contribution
€ 407 675,00
50-375 Wroclaw

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Makroregion południowo-zachodni Dolnośląskie Miasto Wrocław
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Total cost
€ 407 675,00

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