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Mar 15 Terrafirma was present in the Third International Conference of Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of Environment that took place on 16-19 March 2015 in Paphos, Cyprus. The National Technical University of Athens, user of Terrafirma services, presented “Subsidence mapping, characterization and modelling: the ESA-GMES Terrafirma services” illustrating the use of SAR data for characterising hydrogeological instability events and main activities performed for the management of geo-hazard investigations. Terrafirma examples in two of the most geo-hazard exposed countries in Europe (Italy and Greece) were explained for subsidence mapping (Rome), subsidence monitoring (Gioia Tauro Plain) and subsidence modelling (Kalochori).

28.10.14 The Second Terrafirma WAP Workshop took place on 28 and 29 October hosted by ESRIN in Frascati, Italy. The technical advancements for adapting the Wide Area Product to Sentinel-1A data developed during the last stage of the project were presented. This meeting marked the completion of the project after more than a decade supporting the Geohazard Risk Management in Europe by providing terrain motion mapping together with expert interpretation and in-situ data.

29.09.14 Sentinel-1A interferograms: Terrafirma partners, Altamira and DLR, have generated interferograms with new satellite Sentinel-1A data. The new European Space Agency Sentinel-1A satellite has recently started imaging the Earth’s surface. The interferograms have been created with datasets over Napa Valley, California, and the Gulf of Genoa, Italy.

Left: Altamira interferogram in Napa Valley, California.
(Visualization by Google Earth: Data SIO, NOAA, U.S. Navy, NGA, GEBCO)
Right: DLR interferogram in Gulf of Genoa area, Italy.

02.04.14 The First Terrafirma WAP Workshop was held on 31st March – 1st April 2014 in the German Space Agency premises in Oberpfaffenhofen. The latest developments in the WAP processor were presented and discussed. Besides project partners, other European InSAR experts attended the meeting.


02.12.13 The fourth stage of Terrafirma commenced in November 2013. This twelve-month activity aims to adapt the Wide Area Processing (WAP) prototype processor for use with Sentinel-1 (S1) and to secure long-term access to Terrafirma products via the OneGeology-Europe portal. An additional activity of certification will enable providers to undergo the Terrafirma PSI validation procedure.

24.06.13 The third stage of Terrafirma (2009-2013) was successfully completed. The Final Meeting was held on Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th June 2013 in ESA-ESRIN headquarters in Frascati, Rome .

23.04.13 The Terrafirma Final Meeting will be held on Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th June 2013, in ESA-ESRIN headquarters in Frascati, Rome .

20.04.13 Greece's ups and downs: A new data processor is creating maps of land deformation from satellite radar data over larger areas. More information released in WAP webstory on ESA Portal.

15.04.13 The GMES brief on infrastructures has just been published on ESA GMES website. Download the brief Satellites help to monitor infrastructure stability.


23.10.12 IJsselmeer product featured on ESA Observing the Earth portal .

20.10.12 The outcome of the Santorini conference was presented on 12 October 2012, with focus on geophysical disaster risks. Download the Scientific and Technical Memorandum of The International Forum on Satellite EO and Geohazards, 21-23 May 2012, Santorini Greece , Ph. Bally Ed. (2002).

31.07.12 EPOS Newsletter features an article on the Terrafirma Project. See the EPOS July newsletter.

28.07.12 Terrafirma will hold its 11th Progress Meeting in Bern, Switzerland on September 20-21, 2012.

28.06.12 The International Forum on Satellite Earth Observation for Geohazard Risk Management was held in Santorini, Greece on May 21-23 2012. See more information in the Terrafirma June 2012 newsletter.

Terrafirma held its Tenth Progress Meeting back-to back with the Forum on May 23-24 2012.

23.01.12 Isabel Fernandez-Fuentes of the European Federation of Geologists presents the Terrafirma project at the 4th International Professional Geology Conference in Vancouver,Canada.

20.01.12 Ninth Progress Meeting w ill be hosted in ESA-ESRIN headquarters, in Frascati, Rome on February 15-17 February 2012.


18.11.11 Stuart Marsh, Terrafirma UEB Member and Head, Geoscience Technologies, British Geological Survey, highlights Terrafirma results at the Earth Observations for the Social Benefit of the Balkans Post-GEO Workshop in his talk, “GMES and GEO for geohazard mitigation in the Balkans.”

17.11.11 hosts Terrafirma eighth Progress Meeting and Annual Review in Barcelona on November 30th and December 1st, 2011.

29.09.11 Terrafirma on LinkedIn: Please join our group.

29.09.11 New Terrafirma Brochure available: Please download our new brochure

29.09.11 Terrafirma at the Second World Landslide Forum : Please stop by Booth 11 to learn more about Terrafirma. Rome, October 3rd-9th, 2011.

26.07.11 Terrafirma 8th User Workshop ( Coastal Lowland Subsidence & Flood Defense ) presentations uploaded. See the Workshop 8 page.

25.07.11 KOERI to host Terrafirma 7th Progress Meeting and Tectonics seminar, 6th and 7th September 2011, Istanbul, Turkey.

21.04.11 Terrafirma 8th User Workshop: Coastal Lowland Subsidence & Flood Defense , 7th and 8th June 2011, Copenhagen, Denmark. See more information

15.04.11 Following the earthquake and tsunami which struck Japan on March 11th 2011, multiple space agencies openly provided SAR data for scientific use and Terrafirma project partners used their expertise to work with this data in order to provide an analysis of ground displacement over the affected area.

The results have been published on the GEO Geohazards Supersite website:

INGV Envisat interferogram Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia

Gamma Envisat coherence loss Gamma Remote Sensing

Harokopio University TerraSAR-X interferogram Harokopio University of Athens

IG Envisat interferogram Institut de Geomàtica

TRE Envisat interferogram Tele-Rilevamento Europa

12.04.11 User Workshop Mining Day presentations uploaded in the Workshop 7 page

18.03.11 Deltares sends press release to announce Terrafirma’s study of water defense structures in Ijsselmeer, The Netherlands:

Press Release

Omrop Frylân Radio Interview

11.03.11 DMT to present on the Terrafirma Hydrogeology-Mining Services at the Altbergbau-Kolloquium at the Technical University of Wrocław, Poland. 03-05. November 2011. See more information

11.03.11 DMT to present at the Terrafirma Hydrogeology-Mining Services XI Days of Mine Surveying and Mining Terrain Protection at the Central Mining Institute in Katowice, Poland. 18-20. May 2011. See more information

10.02.11 Terrafirma 7th User Workshop: Mining, 21st and 22nd March 2011, Essen, Germany. See more information

18.01.11 Workshop 6 and Training Day presentations uploaded in the Workshop 6 page


02.12.10 Terrafirma to attend the AIR-Verband business breakfast in Herne (Germany) on December 9th, 2010

Project partner Norbert Benecke of DMT presents the Terrafirma project at AIR-Verband business breakfast. See more information

30.11.10 Terrafirma Workshop featured on the ESA Observing the Earth portal

29.11.10 ESA-ESRIN hosts Terrafirma fourth Progress Meeting and Annual Review in Frascati (Rome) on November 29th and 30th, 2010

09.11.10 Publication: Gernhardt, S. , Adam, N. , Eineder, M. and Bamler, R.(2010) ' ', Annals of GIS, 16: 2, 103 — 111.

05.11.10 DMT presented Conventional and Innovative Methods of Surface Monitoring above Cavern Fields, in Solution Mining Research Institute Fall Conference. 3rd-6 th October 2010, Solution Mining Research Institute (SMRI) , Leipzig, Germany. See poster and abstract

29.09.10 Freek van Leijen of Hansje Brinker presents “Satellite monitoring of water defense systems” at the Deltas in Times of Climate Change conference in Rotterdam (29 September-1 October 2010)

10.09.10 Salvatore Stramondo of INGV, presented the paper “PSInSAR applications in Seismology: products and services for end users management tools” at the European Seismological Commission meeting in Montpellier (6-10 September 2010)

04.08.10 Terrafirma 6th User Workshop and Training Day , 1st and 2nd December 2010, ESA-ESRIN , Frascati, Rome, Italy. See more information

21.07.10 UNIFI will host Terrafirma third Progress Meeting in Florence, Italy (16-17 September 2010)

29.06.10 Geraint Cooksley, Project Manager of Terrafirma, presents at the ESA Living Planet Symposium Plan (30 June 2010, Bergen

Altamira Information's Director of Production and Operations and Project Manager for the ESA GMES Terrafirma Project , will present the highlights of Stage 3 of the project during the " " session on Wednesday, June 30th.

See presentation: ESA Living Planet, Terrafirma

21.06.10 ESA-ESRIN hosts Terrafirma second Progress Meeting in Frascati, Rome (21-22 June 2010)

08.06.10 TNO presents at the Toulouse Space Show (8 June- 11 June, 2010)

TNO presentation on June 9th .

07.06.10 Altamira Information and DLR will present at the 8th European Conference on Synthetic Aperture Radar (07-10 June 2010, Eurogress, Aachen, Germany)

Altamira Information and DLR gave several presentations .

01.06.10 Philippe Bally (European Space Agency, ESA) represents Terrafirma at the (Washington, 01 – 04 June 2010)

Philippe Bally , the European Space Agency's technical officer for the Terrafirma project, presented at the Understanding Risk conference in Washington.

See presentation: Disasters / Risk management

02.05.10 UNIFI presents at European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2010 (Vienna, Austria, 02 – 07 May 2010)

01.05.10 Terrafirma presents at the Geokinematics Days (7 May 2010)

Project partner Karsten Zimmermann of DMT presents the Terrafirma project at this conference hosted by the Institute for Mine Surveying and Geodesy of the Bergakademie Freiberg Technical University

16.03.10 INGV hosts the first Progress Meeting at their headquarters in Rome (16-17 March 2010)

See article in La Stampa and press release:


09.12.09 Altamira Information hosts the successful Kick-off Meeting for Stage 3 in Barcelona. Many thanks to the Catalonia Geological Institute (IGC) for providing the meeting space (09-10 December 2010)

See press coverage in ABC and press release: Una empresa Española coordina el mayor proyecto de riesgos naturales de la Agencia Espacial Europea

20.11.09 Terrafirma will have a stand (stand 23, 1st floor) at the EC Civil Protection Forum in Brussels (25-26 November 2009)

Please feel free to visit our stand to learn about the new thematic lines in this third phase of Terrafirma!

29.05.09 Terrafirma Workshop (March 2009) material uploaded