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ALPS

Alpine Landslides Periodical Survey

Review of the potential user base, user requirements and algorithms to use ERS and ENVISAT ASAR data for an alpine landslide detection and monitoring service, and specification of related products and system architecture for the implementation of the service chain.

 
Project References
 Name ALPS
 Title Alpine Landslides Periodical Survey
 Programme DUP (Data User Programme)
 Theme Land
 Cost €40k
 Type Service Demonstration
 Status Completed (2000-2002)
 Sensors ENVISAT : ASAR
ERS-1/2 : SAR
 
Project Description
 Objectives

Slope instabilities in alpine environments (i.e. in the altitudinal zones between the tree line and the upper limit of plant life) are caused by landslides and rockglaciers. In these regions global warming causes a decline of permafrost which results in increasing numbers of landslides. Therefore, an efficient survey of unstable slopes in these regions is required. Differential SAR interferometry is an emerging technique for the mapping of geophysical displacements at low cost and high resolution.

The objective of the ALPS project was to assess (in a service review phase) the potential user base, user requirements and algorithms to use ERS and ENVISAT ASAR data for the alpine landslide detection and monitoring, and to specify (in a service definition phase) related products and services and develop a detailed system architecture for the implementation of the service.

 
 Results ALPS Final Report
 
 
Project Consortium
 Prime contractor GAMMA : GAMMA REMOTE SENSING A.G.
 Subcontractors
 
User Partnership
 Users GNDCI : National Group for Hydro-Geological Disaster Prevention
KAWA : Bern Canton - Forest Office - Natural Hazard Division
 
Contact Points
 Project Manager Urs Wegmuller
Thunstrasse 130
CH-3074 Muri (BE)
Switzerland
Tel: +41 31-951.70.05
Fax: +41 31-951.70.08
Email: wegmuller@gamma-rs.ch
 Technical Officer Marc Paganini
European Space Agency - ESRIN D/EOP-SEP
via Galileo Galilei
I-00046 Frascati (RM)
ITALY
Phone: +39 06-941.80563
Fax: +39 06-941.80552
Email: marc.paganini@esa.int
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