PanGeo - Enabling Access to Geological Information in Support of GMES

Start: 01 January 2011
End: 31 December 2014
Funding: European
Status: Due
Division: Geomatics
Department: Remote Sensing (RSE)
Code: 262371

PanGeo is a research project led by Fugro NPA (UK) with the participation of British Geological Survey (BGS, UK), Landmark Information Group (UK), Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek (TNO, Netherlands), Systèmes d’Information à Référence Spatiale (SIRS, France), the former Institute of Geomatics (Spain), Bureau de Recherches Geologiques et Minieres (BRGM, France), EuroGeoSurveys (Belgium), Federation Europeenne des Geologues (France), ABConsulting (UK), Tele-Rilevamento Europa (TRE, Italy), Gamma Remote Sensing (Switzerland), Altamira Information (Spain) and the 27 EU National Geological Surveys. PanGeo is funded by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission, Theme SPA.2010.1.1-01 “Stimulating the development of downstream GMES services”. 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 geohazard 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 geohazard 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 (

Products will be made by integrating: a) interpreted InSAR terrain-motion data (derived from existing projects, e.g. ESA GSE Terrafirma plus new processing), b) geological information, and c) the landcover and landuse data contained within the Urban Atlas. 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 contracted Surveys into the project and initiation of ‘Local Authority Feedback Group’.


•    Fugro NPA Ltd. (UK)
•    British Geological Survey (BGS, UK)
•    Landmark Information Group (UK)
•    Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek (TNO, The Netherlands)
•    Systèmes d’Information à Référence Spatiale (SIRS, France)
•    Bureau de Recherches Geologiques et Minieres (BRGM, France)
•    EuroGeoSurveys (Belgium)
•    Federation Europeenne des Geologues (France)
•    ABConsulting (UK)
•    Tele-Rilevamento Europa (TRE, Italy)
•    Gamma Remote Sensing Research and Consulting (Switzerland)
•    Altamira Information (Spain)
•    The 27 EU National Geological Surveys