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Framework to integrate Space-based and in-situ sENSing for dynamic vUlnerability and recovery Monitoring

Project Reference: 312972
Activity Code: SPA.2012.1.1-04
Coordinator:Helmholtz-Zentrum Potsdam - Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum GFZ


SENSUM will deliver innovative methodologies and software tools for dynamic, multi-resolution monitoring of pre-disaster vulnerability and preparedness and post-disaster recovery planning and monitoring, based on current and future space-based products and a novel approach to in-situ observation for data rich and data poor countries. For this project, earthquake and landslide related vulnerability indicators are considered through test-cases in and outside Europe. The project responds to the urgent need to monitor and map time-dependent hazard and vulnerability, by triangulating space-based and in-situ data-collection, according to the type and extent of the natural hazard. The project will analyse the data needs of the end users through the three civil protection partners. A novel sampling framework will be developed that guides the in-situ data collection and integration process. Novel in-situ data collection tools (e.g. omni-directional imaging) will be included. Advanced analysis and processing of current and future space-based products will enhance the approach. Uncertainties will be fully considered.

Soon-to-be-released space products such as DLR Global Urban Footprint will be validated and their integration with the proposed methodologies explored. Data needs for post-disaster recovery will be addressed within the same framework, resulting in a comprehensive methodological solution to the monitoring of time-varying indicators at multiple spatial scales throughout the disaster cycle. The consortium of 8 prominent scientific institutions and highly skilled SMEs has considerable experience in their respective fields. Many partners currently collaborate on the Global Earthquake Model Inventory Data Collection Tool (GEM IDCT). The ultimate goal is to produce a multi-resolution time varying indicator monitoring framework that applies to the whole disaster cycle. The framework is intended to become the de-facto standard for future mapping of vulnerabilities.

Project Details:

Start Date: 2013-01-01
End Date: 2014-12-31
EU Contribution: EUR 1 931 683
Total Costs: EUR 2 439 074
Programme Acronym: FP7-Space
Subprogramme Area: SPA.2012.1.1-04
Contract type: Small or medium-scale focused research project
Administrative Contact Person: Claas SCHIPPMANN (Mr)
Project Website: www.sensum-project.eu


  • Centro Europeo Di Formazione E Ricerca In Ingegneria Sismica, Italia
  • The Chancellor, Masters And Scholars Of The University Of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Deutsches Zentrum für Luft - und Raumfahrt, Deutschland
  • Institute Of Geology, Earthquake Engineering And Seismology Of The Academy Of Sciences Of The Republic Of Tajikistan, Tajikistan
  • Imagecat Ltd, United Kingdom
  • Stiftelsen Norges Geotekniskeinstitutt, Norge
  • Central-Asian Institute For Applied Geosciences, Kyrgyzstan