The objective of PanGeo is to enable free and open access to geo-hazard information. 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.
The key users of PanGeo are:
- Local Authority planners and regulators concerned with managing development risk,
- National geological surveys and geo-science institutes which 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.
Any user can visit the PanGeo web-portal and see the cities for which attributed geo-hazard data with the Urban Atlas to highlight the polygons influenced is available, and view that information. Any persons who also think that their city should have such a geo-hazard layer compiled should click on the ‘PanGeo my town’ button on the PanGeo web site and submit their request.
a) interpreted InSAR terrain-motion data,
b) geological information, and
c) the landcover and land use data contained within the Urban Atlas.
The integration and interpretation, together with a validation of key features observed, are being made by the corresponding national Geological Survey for the towns concerned. The 52 towns for processing were chosen from the Urban Atlas list to represent where the information will be of most use and represent 13% of total EU urban population. 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.