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GAMMA Remote Sensing AG is currently involved in Terrafirma, one of ten projects being supported by the European Space Agency's (ESA) Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) Service Element Programme.

Terrafirma ( aims to provide a Pan-European ground motion information service which provides identification, assessment, understanding and monitoring of ground motions in the following thematic areas:

  • Tectonics
  • Flood
  • Hydrogeology (including abandoned and inactive mines as well as landslides)

Services available include:

  • maps and time histories, from radar satellite archives, showing ground movement rates in recent years at millimetric scales.
  • monitoring of specific hazard areas on request.
  • measurements integrated with geological and other information and interpreted by a thematic expert to provide the understanding needed before decision-makers take action.
  • site/project-based models to provide a deeper understanding and to introduce an element of forecasting.

Products are already available for several sites throughout Europe. A map of the service coverage is available.

A yearly user Workshop (open to all) is held with presentations of interpretations made as well as a training course in the use of Terrafirma InSAR products for ground motion management.

For further information, please contact Urs Wegmüller or Geraint Cooksley, Terrafirma Project Manager.