Welcome to the Geohazard Supersites and Natural Laboratories
The Supersites have data for the study of natural hazards in geologically active regions, including information from Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), GPS crustal deformation measurements, and earthquakes.
The data are provided in the spirit of GEO, ESA, NASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF), that easy access to Earth science data will promote their use and advance scientific research, ultimately leading to reduced loss of life from natural hazards.
Click on a site in the map below, or see the regions listed below in Geohazard Supersites and Geohazard Natural Laboratories.
Supersites is an initiative of the geohazard scientific community. The Supersites provide access to spaceborne and in-situ geophysical data of selected sites prone to earthquake, volcano or other hazards. The initiative began with the "Frascati declaration" at the conclusion of the 3rd International Geohazards workshop of the Group of Earth Observation (GEO) held in November 2007 in Frascati, Italy. The recommendation of the workshop was “to stimulate an international and intergovernmental effort to monitor and study selected reference sites by establishing open access to relevant datasets according to GEO principles to foster the collaboration between all various partners and end-users”. This recommendation is formalized as GEO task DI-09-010.
For more information on the Supersites please contact Falk Amelung at the University of Miami (email@example.com), Massimo Cocco (firstname.lastname@example.org), Francesco Gaetani at the GEO Secretariat (email@example.com), Craig Dobson (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Wolfgang Lengert at ESA (email@example.com).
Geohazard Supersites were selected for scientific reasons but also to maximize the visibility of the project. It is clear that, for example, a better understanding of the seismic hazard of Vancouver and Tokyo requires not only the study of these particular sites but also of subduction zones around the world.
Geohazard Natural Laboratories
The next stage of the Geohazard Supersites is to develop a global network of Natural Laboratories as explained in the Supersites strategic plan
(see Supersites documents).
The following Natural Laboratories are under discussion. For many, ESA data are readily available for download from EOLI SA. If particular data are missing please send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Users are encouraged to repatriate data to ESA by uploading them on sar-in.unavco.org, login as anonymous, create new directory (e.g Galapagos_Amelung) and notify UNAVCO about upload at email@example.com.
Japan Natural Laboratory.
Turkey Natural Laboratory.
Iceland Natural Laboratory.
Gulf of Corinth Corinth Rift Laboratory. For access to in-situ data see The Corinth Rift Laboratory (CRL).
Western North America: see the Earthscope Area Natural Laboratory,
and the University of Utah's Research on the Yellowstone-Teton-Snake River Plain Region.
Ocean Island volcanoes:
Hawaii (see Hawaii Supersite),
Piton de la Fournaise, Galapagos, Cape Verdes, and the Canary Islands.
Latin America (Central-Southern Andes, Northern Andes, Caribbean)
North Pacific Ring of Fire (Aleutians, Kamchatka, Kuriles)
East African Rift
Central Asia (Tibet , etc)