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The Protection of Cultural Heritage Sites from Geo-Hazards: The PROTHEGO Project

  • Kyriacos Themistocleous
  • Branka Cuca
  • Athos Agapiou
  • Vasiliki Lysandrou
  • Marios Tzouvaras
  • Diofantos G. Hadjimitsis
  • Phaedon Kyriakides
  • Demetris Kouhartsiouk
  • Claudio Margottini
  • Daniele Spizzichino
  • Francesca Cigna
  • Giovanni Crosta
  • Paolo Frattini
  • José Antonio Fernandez Merodo
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10059)

Abstract

Examining natural hazards responsible for cultural heritage damages all over Europe, especially over large or remote areas is extremely difficult, expensive and time consuming. There is a need identify and respond to natural hazards before they create irreparable damage to cultural heritage sites. The PROTHEGO project uses radar interferometry to monitor surface deformation with mm precision to analyze the impact of geo-hazards in cultural heritage sites in Europe. The project applies novel InSAR techniques to monitor monuments and sites that are potentially unstable due to landslides, sinkholes, settlement, subsidence, active tectonics as well as structural deformation, all of which could be affected of climate change and human interaction. To magnify the impact of the project, the approach will be implemented in more than 400 sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List (WHL) in geographical Europe. After the remote sensing investigation, detailed geological interpretation, hazard analysis, local-scale monitoring, advanced modelling and field surveying for the most critical sites will be carried out to discover the cause and extent of the observed motions. PROTHEGO (PROTection of European Cultural HEritage from GeO-hazards) is a collaborative research project funded in the framework of the Joint Programming Initiative on Cultural Heritage and Global Change (JPICH) – Heritage Plus in 2015–2018.

Keywords

Cultural heritage Geo-harzards InSAR UNESCO 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The “PROTection of European Cultural HEritage from GeO - hazards (PROTHEGO)” project HERITAGE PLUS/0314/36 is funded in the framework of the Joint Programming Initiative on Cultural Heritage and Global Change (JPICH) – HERITAGE PLUS under ERA‐NET Plus and the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Commission and the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation, contract KOINA/ΠΚΠ-HERITAGE PLUS/0314/36.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kyriacos Themistocleous
    • 1
  • Branka Cuca
    • 1
  • Athos Agapiou
    • 1
  • Vasiliki Lysandrou
    • 1
  • Marios Tzouvaras
    • 1
  • Diofantos G. Hadjimitsis
    • 1
  • Phaedon Kyriakides
    • 1
  • Demetris Kouhartsiouk
    • 1
  • Claudio Margottini
    • 2
  • Daniele Spizzichino
    • 2
  • Francesca Cigna
    • 3
  • Giovanni Crosta
    • 4
  • Paolo Frattini
    • 4
  • José Antonio Fernandez Merodo
    • 5
  1. 1.Remote Sensing and Geo-Environment Laboratory, Department of Civil Engineering and GeomaticsCyprus University of TechnologyLimassolCyprus
  2. 2.ISPRA-Istituto Superiore Per La Protezione E Ricerca AmbientaleRomeItaly
  3. 3.Natural Environment Research CouncilSwindonUK
  4. 4.University of MilanoMilanItaly
  5. 5.Instituto Geológico Y Minero de EspañaMadridSpain

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