PanGeo Explained - Overview
PanGeo provides information describing the stability of the ground on which we live, work and play. Ground instability can be dangerous and costly, yet information on these phenomena has, to date, been difficult to obtain. PanGeo provides free access to ground instability geohazard information for many of Europe’s largest cities. Users of the PanGeo service include local authorities, civil protection agencies, geological surveys, insurers and businesses providing environmental and land reporting services and of course the general public.
PanGeo provides a ‘ground stability layer’ which describes the spatial location and extent of geohazards for all the towns mapped. Each polygon within the ground stability layer is linked to a full interpretation made by that country’s National Geological Survey. PanGeo data is created by combining the following information:
- Satellite measurements of ground and building movement
- Geological information already held by National Geological Surveys
Also included in the PanGeo product is the European Commission’s Urban Atlas land use data; this provides insights into what types of urban land use are affected by geohazards described in the ground stability layer.
PanGeo is a 3-year Collaborative Project of the European Commission that started 1st February 2011. During the project PanGeo will provide free online geohazard information for 52 of the largest towns in Europe, mapping geohazards that could potentially affect up to 13% of the EU population. It is hoped that more towns will be added over time.
PanGeo is supporting ‘Copernicus’, a European program designed to support EU environmental policy. Copernicus is based upon data from Earth observation satellites, but includes any other data available relevant to the service. Copernicus addresses six thematic areas: land, marine, atmosphere, climate change, emergency management and security. These support a wide range of applications, including environment protection, management of urban areas, regional and local planning, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, health, transport, climate change, sustainable development, civil protection and tourism.