EO-NatHaz - Assessment of Potential Damage and Risk Exposure Caused by Natural Hazards with Earth Observation

EO-NatHaz has the objective to explore and exploit the utility of novel space based remote sensing techniques - on the one hand for the assessment of potential damages and economic losses and on the other hand for the derivation of risk exposures due to natural hazards.

Short Description

In Austria, a large part of residential areas, infrastructure, commercial and industrial buildings are potentially put at risk by natural catastrophes (e.g. floods, avalanches, storms) due to their highly exposed locations, particularly in mountainous areas.

For the treatment of insurance claims, but also for public help funds and organisations it is of most interest to get information about the risk exposure and to assess the potential economic loss or damage of buildings and artificial objects in case of catastrophic events.

Development is done in co-operation with stakeholders on the user side (Forsttechnischer Dienst für Wildbach- und Lawinenverbauung, Vorarlberger Landesregierung, Landesvermessung samt Vorarlberg, Stand Montafon).

The project also serves to exploit the commercial opportunities arising from continuous data availability from the radar satellite TerraSAR-X. Experience in research and space science, applied research as well as commercial implementation and application development are the complementary EO-NatHaz project partner assets. Accordingly, the technical work content has been conceived in a manner to fully exploit these capabilities.

Besides an improvement of key EO and modelling techniques, EO-NatHaz will deliver information components providing critical input into an expert system on damage and loss potential. Furthermore, end-users will receive EO derived information components serving their specific expert systems on risk exposure.

Project Partners


GeoVille Information Systems Group GmbH - Christian Hoffmann


  • ARC Austrian Research Centers GmbH - Klaus Steinnocher
  • TU Wien – Institute of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing - Wolfgang Wagner
  • Forsttechnischer Dienst für Wildbach- und Lawinenverbauung
  • Vorarlberger Landesregierung
  • Landesvermessungsamt Vorarlberg
  • Stand Montafon
  • Infoterra

Contact Address

GeoVille Information Systems Group GmbH
Christian Hoffmann
Museumstraße 9 – 11
A-6020 Innsbruck
Tel.: +43 (512) 56 20 21 - 0
Fax: +43 (512) 56 20 21 - 22
E-mail: hoffmann@geoville.com
Web: www.geoville.com