Ongoing Projects


MODUS (A Multi-sensOr approach to characterize ground Displacements in Urban Sprawling contexts) is a project funded by BELSPO and led by the Royal Museum for Central Africa. See description here.

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SMMIP (Split band assisted Multi-dimensional and Multi-zonal InSAR time series Processor) is a project funded by FNR. See description here.

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RESIST (REmote Sensing and In Situ detection and Tracking of geohazards) is a project funded by BELPO and FNR and led by the Royal Museum for Central Africa. See description here.

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Muzubi (MUlti Zone phase Unwrapping using advanced Split Band Interferometry) is a project funded by BELSPO and led by the Centre Spatial de Liège. See description here or here.

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Synthetic Aperture Radar Interferometry for mapping natural and anthropogenic hazards

The aim of this work is monitoring ground deformation produced by volcanic, seismic and anthropogenic sources and modeling observed ground deformation for derivation of various geophysical parameters.

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LUXBB: temporary deployement of six broadband seismic stations in Luxembourg

In a collaborative project between the European Center for Geodynamics and Seismology and the Geophysical Institute of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), six broadband seismic stations from the Karlsruhe Broadband array (KABBA) are deployed in Luxembourg for a timespan of 12-18 months. The deployment started in December 2009 and currently, four of the six planned sites are fully operational.

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Analyzing earthquake ground motions: insights into source characteristics, seismic attenuation and site amplification

The observed ground motion resulting from an earthquake is the convolution of mainly three contributing factors: source, path and site effects. In order to get better insights into earthquake source physics and the attenuation of seismic waves in the Earth’s crust as well as to improve seismic hazard estimates, it is necessary to separate these contributions from each other.

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Related Projects

GORISK project

GORISK project: the combined use of Ground-Based and Remote Sensing techniques as a tool for volcanic risk and health impact assessment for the Goma region (North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo)

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Past Projects


GEORISCA (Geo-Risk in Central Africa: integrating multi-hazards and vulnerability to support risk management) is a project funded by BELSPO and led by the Royal Museum for Central Africa. See description here.

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NYALHA Project – Dynamics of volcanic activity and lava flow hazard of Nyiragongo volcano (North Kivu, DRC) studied by means of remote sensing, ground-based monitoring and numerical modelling

NYALHA is a PhD project funded by the FNR through the AFR PhD Grant Scheme (AFR Grant n°3221321) and is performed at the European Center for Geodynamics & Seismology, in collaboration with the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium) and the Royal Museum for Central Africa (Belgium). This project focuses on the study of the mechanisms that control Nyiragongo activity and the assessment of the potential impact of new lava flows resulting from the drainage of the lava lake.

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Vi-X Project – Study and monitoring of Virunga volcanoes using TanDEM-X

The Virunga Volcanic Province, in the western branch of the East African Rift, extends over 3 countries: D.R. Congo, Rwanda and Uganda. Among its 8 main volcanic edifices, two are very active: the Nyiragongo and the Nyamulagira, in D.R. Congo. Nyiragongo volcano and its semi-permanent lava lake threaten the city of Goma (± 1 Mo inhabitants) distant of ~ 12 km. Its silica-undersaturated lavas form low-viscosity flows that can reach 20 km/h in flat urban areas. The last eruption in January 2002 devastated approximately 10 % of the city, including major infrastructures (roads, airport, public and private buildings). Nyamulagira volcano is located 5 km NNW of Nyiragongo and erupts every ~ 2-4 years. Its lava flows repeatedly destroy large forested areas of the Virunga National Park. Beside the direct threat of volcanic products, other volcanic related hazards are affecting the region like gas emanation or the intense erosion of the dormant volcanoes that also often triggers dangerous mudflows during high precipitation events, which destroy villages and crops as it occurred in May 2010.

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CORSAIR – COntinental Rift SAr InteRferometry

Continental rifting comprises in a single term, one of most complex geodynamical settings of the plate tectonics. The pan-African rift valley is the largest continental rifting zones in the globe, as a dichotomy is also one of the less known plate boundaries. Deformation measurements has been proved of capital importance to decipher the driven-force mechanism sources involved from plate-scale tectonics, through regional seismogenic faults to local-scale magmatic plumbing systems.

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Using GPS and Gravity to Infer Ice Mass Changes in Greenland

Climate research indicates that global warming is occurring and will probably continue to occur for the next several decades. One consequence of a global warming scenario is a global sea level rise that would be expected from 1) the thermal expansion of the near surface ocean water and 2) the melting of the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets and continental glaciers.

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International Intercomparison of Absolute Gravimeters

On November 3rd to November 7th 2003, Luxembourg’s European Center for Geodynamics and Seismology (ECGS) hosted an international intercomparison of Absolute gravimeters in their Underground Laboratory for Geodynamics in Walferdange (WULG).

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The GRAVILUX project

The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is establishing a new International Reference Station for Intercomparisons of Absolute Gravimeters (ISIAG). The station is located in the Walferdange Underground Laboratory for Geodynamics 100 meters below the surface. Since 1967, the laboratory has been used for Earth tides research and from that work has gained an international reputation as a seismogenically quiet location where sensitive instruments can be tested and evaluated.

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