Related projects

Related projects

  • CANARY: “InSAR analysis by means of ENVISAT radar images to improve the geodetic monitoring program for the volcanic surveillance of the Canary Islands (Spain)”, Project supported by the Category-1 project nr 2679. Partners: Instituto de Astronomia y Geodesia, CSIC (S), Inst. Tecno. y de Energías Renovables, Tenerife (S), NMNH (L), University of Western Ontario (Ca).
  • CORSAIR: “Space geodesy by means of SAR Interferometry (InSAR) at the pan-African continental rifting zone: from local-scale volcanism to plate-scale deformation” (2009-2010), funded by ECGS and supported by ESA Cat-1 nr 6745. Partners: Inst. de Astron. y Geod., CSIC (S), NMNH (L), Inst. for Electro. Sensing of the Env., Nat. Res. Council of Italy (IREA-CNR), RMCA (B).
  • GORISK: “A multi-approach tool for the volcanic risk management of the Goma region (North Kivu)” (2007-2010). Project funded by the Belgian Federal Scientific Policy and the National Fund for Research of Luxembourg. Objective: identification and monitoring of the risks related to the volcanic activity in the region of Goma using ground-based and spaceborne techniques (ground deformation and geochemical aspects). Partners: RMCA (B), NMNH (L), Univ. of Lux. (L), Univ. Libre de Bruxelles (B), 2nd Univ. of Naples (I), Lab. Magmas et Volc., B. Pascal Univ., Clermont-Ferrand (F). End Users: Goma Volc. Obs. (DRC), Risk Management Unit (Unites Nations), Cemubac NGO (B).
  • MORECA: “Monitoring of large scale small holder reforestation projects for carbon finance mechanisms” (12/2010 – 12/2012). Project funded by the Belgian Federal Scientific Policy. Partners: World Wildlife Fund.
  • NOVAC: “Network for Observation of Volcanic and Atmospheric Change”. Project funded EU. Objective: establish a network for measurements of the emissions of gases – in particular SO2 and BrO – and aerosols by volcanoes, and to use the data from this network for risk assessment and volcanological research, both locally and on a regional and global scale. Main partners: Chalmers Univ. of Techn. (Sweden), Heidelberg Univ. (D), Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (B), Cambridge University (GB), IFM-GEOMAR Research Center (D), Institut de Physique du Globe (F) and Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (I).
  • POPSATER: “Population estimation by remote sensing” (12/2008-12/2010). Project funded by the Belgian Federal Scientific Policy. Partners: University-Industry.
  • RS2-Kivu: “Monitoring of the Nyiragongo-Nyamulagira volcanic area (North Kivu, Dem. Rep. of Congo) using Radarsat-2 InSAR data” (2010-1011), Project supported by the SOAR project nr 5020 of the Canadian Center for Remote Sensing. Partners: University of Western Ontario (Ca), ECGS-NMNH (L), RMCA (B).

  • S1_RGL_GEORISK: "Développement des capacités en observation et étude des géorisques dans la Région des Grands Lacs" (2013-2016).

    The Lake Kivu and North-Tanganyika region in Central Africa (Great Lakes Region : DRC, Burundi, Rwanda) is affected by a combination of geological risks (volcanism, earthquakes, mass movements, carbon dioxide emanations, limnic gas eruptions, …). Their exceptional combination in a single region, together with a growing high density population result in a particularly high exposure to georisks. Those risks are related to the geodynamic activity which is particularly intense in this region of the East African rift. On the other hand, this region lacks qualified specialists able to understand and investigate these process. The local universities and scientific institutions do not have enough capacities for their investigation and to train specialists in this field. They also lack modern observation means for monitoring this geodynamic activity (seismicity and crustal deformation) as the climatic factor which can induce trigger mass movements. In consequence, those risks are not taken into account in the regional development policy by the local authorities and the civil society, which are the final beneficiaries of this project. The project S1_RGL_GEORISK aims at re-enforcing the capacity of local universities and scientific institutions (target groups) for teaching, research and monitoring in the domain of the geological risks. The objective is to train specialists and produce scientific information’s necessary for raising the awareness, advice and help the local authorities to allow them to take into account these factors in their regional development policy, to the benefit of the population. It is a 3-year project which will give about 20 scientists a background formation and a practical training in scientific research in the domains of the georisks, and install 3 new observation stations (sismic, GPS and weather), for improving the capacity of the 5 partner institutions for the observation and investigation of the georisks.


  • ViSOR project: “Virunga Volcanic SO2 Emissions Research” (2004-2007). Project supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Nos. 0510185 and 0910795 and by the National Geographic Society. Partners: Michigan Tech., Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Cambridge University.
  • Vi-X: “Study and monitoring of Virunga volcanoes using TanDEM-X” (2011-2013). Project supported by DLR (German Space Agency), co-funded (shared cost) by Belspo and FNR. Partners: RMCA (B), NMNH (L), ECGS (L), Centre Spatial de Liège – Univ. of Liège (B).