Tren a las Nubes

WE ARE GEORESEARCH

Climate change represents the most transcending challenge facing our world today. Global temperature rise is altering the face of the Earth at rates without precedent in human history. The consequences of climate change are particularly evident in alpine regions around the globe which are the main focus of our research interest.

PUBLICATION FACTSHEET PERMAFROST

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Around half of all global soil carbon is stored in permafrost regions and reacts sensitively to future climate warming. The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) has now presented a report on management practices for the recarbonization of global soils. As part of an international research team led by the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz centre for polar and marine research, GEORESEARCH is proud to contribute to this highly relevant report with a factsheet on permafrost soils (Volume 2, Section 9).

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MEMBERSHIP ADTV

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Proud to be a part! Last month GEORESEARCH has become member of the Austrian Drone Task Force (ADTF). The ADTF is the Austrian professional association for all unmanned aviation. The ADTF is committed to the development, design, manufacture and safe and effective operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (in the following named "UAS" or "UAV's"). We will gladly provide our expertise and we look forward to this new and exciting collaboration.

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PROJECT RESERVOIR

Using InSAR, horizontal and vertical (east/west) displacements of measurement points can be recorded from space with an accuracy of ± 1-2 mm. The data is recorded regularly and fully automated by state-of-the-art SAR satellites. The Großarler Bergbahnen Ges. mbH & Co KG want to use this technology to improve local reservoir monitoring. The main goals of the project are long-term improvements in reservoir monitoring, a better understanding of the complexity of slope movement patterns and an improved level of site safety for the authorities.

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PUBLICATION InSAR Data available at SAGIS

Satellite-based radar data analyzed within our Interreg project “SedInOut” is now available online at SAGIS (Salzburger Geographisches Informationssystem). The published datasets contain millions of measured points that reveal millimeter-scale ground motion. Follow the link below to learn more.  

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CONFERENCE Klimatag

Climate change represents one of the greatest and most transcending challenges facing our world today. The annually held ‘Klimatag’ is Austria’s biggest scientific conference on climate change and provides a broad platform for dialogue among scientists, public officials, industry representatives and various other stakeholders. The Klimatag is hosted by the CCCA (Climate Change Centre Austria) and due to the Corona pandemic was held as a large online conference this week. GEORESEARCH was prominently featured at the Klimatag – our conference talk (‘Glacier retreat enhances high-alpine rockfall activity) is available here (German only).

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PUBLICATION Geomechanics and Tunneling

How can radioactive legacies be protected from landslides? We identify and monitor hazardous landslides with satellite and terrestrial #InSAR as well as #UAS to increase infrastructure safety in Kyrgyzstan  – for more details check out our newest publication “Scale-oriented landslide monitoring and early warning system for uranium legacy complexes in Mailuu Suu, Kyrgyzstan”.

 

Keuschnig M., Schober A., Delleske R., Brandner K., Höfer-Öllinger G. (2021): Scale-oriented landslide monitoring and early warning system for uranium legacy complexes in Mailuu Suu, Kyrgyzstan. Geomechanics and Tunneling 14(1): 47-53, DOI:10.1002/geot.202000048.

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PROJECT UAS Underground

UAS Underground

Thousands of underground structures were built by miners during the course of centuries and in modern times. Many of these sites are little known and practically impossible to be inspected by humans for various reasons. The Goal of UAS Underground is to develop a service based on UAS for inspections and 3D-modelling of such inaccessible underground structures.

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PROJECT AlpSenseRely

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AlpSenseRely is a three-year reliability and potential study in four alpine regions (Bavaria, Tyrol, Salzburg, South Tyrol). It investigates high-availability remote sensing systems for early-warning of natural hazards in particularly climate-sensitive alpine regions. Due to its preventive character AlpSenseBech contributes significantly not only towards risk reduction, but also towards cost reduction of climate change related natural hazards. Of special interest is the anticipation and real-time warning of critical objects and processes in the impact environment of infrastructure.

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FIELDWORK Crackmeter Installation

Open-Air-Lab Kitzsteinhorn: Rockfall monitoring expanded! Rockfall events are often preceded by minimal surface displacement (joint aperture changes), which can be detected with high-precision crackmeters. Within the RIDGES project we recently installed four brand-new crackmeters in the north-face of the Kitzsteinhorn and hope to gain new insights into the kinematics of high-alpine rockwalls, which are heavily affected by atmospheric warming and glacier retreat.

PUBLICATION Earth Surface Dynamics I

In the first of two companion papers we investigated the relationship between dramatic recent glacier retreat and high-alpine rockfall occurrence. The rockfall dataset analyzed is the most extensive of its kind worldwide and revealed a significant pattern: Rockwalls that became deglaciated in the last years and decades are particularly prone to rockfall. 

 

Check out the latest issue of the internationally renowned magazine "Earth Surface Dynamics" and read the full paper which has been selected as "Highlight Article" by the journal editors. 

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PUBLICATION Earth Surface Dynamics II

 

In the second of two companion papers we analyzed rockfall volume and frequency around a retreating glacier in the Hohe Tauern Range (Austria) based on a six-year laserscan-monitoring. In recently deglaciated rockwall sections rockfall frequency increased by 60 % while rockfall volume increased by a staggering 800 %. More details and analyses are available in the linked full paper. 

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MEDIA TV feature on randkluft research

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How does current glacier retreat affect rock stability and the occurrence of rockfall events? No place is possibly better-suited to investigate this question than the randkluft, i.e. the void between the glacier and the adjacent rockwall. A recent TV feature (PM Wissen, Servus TV, only in German) takes you on a short trip into the randkluft and provides some interesting insights into our high-alpine research activities (Project GlacierRocks).

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MEDIA Radioactive Waste in Kyrgyzstan

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Radioactive waste and the legacies of uranium mining combined with massive landslides pose tremendous risks to vast areas of Kyrgyzstan and their inhabitants. Funded by EuropeAid, we developed a new landslide early warning system in direct collaboration with our partners - a recent ORF news article on our project is available here (only in German).

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MEDIA ORF news article Sattelkar

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In high-alpine cirques, climate change-induced permafrost degradation and an increase in liquid precipitation are projected to promote the availability of fresh, unconsolidated sediments. The relevance of cirques as source areas of hazardous mass movements is therefore expected to grow significantly. Together with the Nationalpark Hohe Tauern we are currently running a long-term monitoring to better understand the causes and consequences. Recently the ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation) covered our research activities at the Sattelkar (Obersulzbachtal, Salzburg) with a news article and a TV report (German only). 

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PROJECT UPDATE SedInOut

In what ways does apparently stable terrain change over time? To answer this question we are performing innovative InSAR satellite data analyses capable of deciphering surface changes at millimeter accuracy.

In our new Interreg project “SedInOut” we have now started a large-scale investigation focusing on terrain surface changes in the provinces of Salzburg, Carinthia, Tyrol, Upper Austria, and South Tyrol. The initiated InSAR-based study is unique in Austria and covers around 19.000 km².

Together with our friends from TRE ALTAMIRA (Italy/Spain) we are currently analyzing about 5.000 GB of satellite data to reconstruct terrain surface changes over the last five years. Stay tuned for more details!

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PHD-PROJECT RIDGES

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In April the three-year PhD project RIDGES was started at the University of Salzburg (funded by the Austrian Academy of Sciences). In the project PhD student Andreas Ewald will investigate connections between glacier retreat and rockfall activity in oversteepened cirque walls. GEORESEARCH will assist RIDGES by providing logistical and advisory support at the Open-Air-Lab Kitzsteinhorn.

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KONFERENZ EGU 2020

EGU 2017

From 3-8 May 2020 the annual General Assembly of the European Geoscientific Union - EGU will be held FREE of admission fees and ONLINE for the first time. GEORESEARCH will participate with five contributions covering automatic landslide detection based on multispectral data, rockfall in deglaciating headwalls and many other exciting topics!

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PROJECT SedInOut

AK Permafrost 2018

Landslides and debris flows are frequently preceded by continuous annual deformation in the centimeter range. However, due to the problematic detectability of small-scale slope movements little is known about their geographical distribution and their potential in indicating the spontaneous – and sometimes catastrophic – occurrence of natural hazards. The project ‘SedInOut’ targets the development of a methodology to detect and analyze small-scale slope movements in order to systematically assess mass movement risks on alpine slopes.

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MEMBERSHIP CCCA

AK Permafrost 2018

Proud to be a part! Last month GEORESEARCH has become a full member of the renowned Climate Change Centre Austria (CCCA). The CCCA supports science transfer and education, advises politics and society – and therefore plays a key role in strengthening Austrian climate research. We will gladly provide our expertise and we look forward to this new and exciting collaboration.

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COOPERATION TRE ALTAMIRA

AK Permafrost 2018

GEORESEARCH visited TRE ALTAMIRA in Barcelona for discussing future joint InSAR operations in the fields of civil engineering, natural hazards, water/urban management as well as mining. Many thanks for the great hospitality and fruitful discussions!

TALENTS 2019 Award ceremony in Vienna

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We are happy to announce that our student intern Sophia (FFG Talente Praktikum) made it into the top 20 with her internship report. The award ceremony was held on 27th February in Vienna. The internship took place under the motto “insight into geomorphological high mountain research” Congratulations, Sophia! 

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WORKSHOP Rudolfshütte

AK Permafrost 2018

Rockfalls in high alpine regions, especially in the area of retreating glaciers, are a growing problem. 25 geotechnicians, engineers and scientists met on this subject to discuss influencing factors, trigger mechanisms and the main conclusions for practice. The workshop was carried out as part of the ARGE ALP project "The Influence of Glacier Randkluft Systems on Rockfall" at the Rudolfshütte (Salzburg, Austria) on 18./19. September 2019. Thank you for your participation and constructive contributions!

PROJECT GroWaT RIF

Groundwater recharge and the flow dynamics in aquifers are sensitive to climate change and shifts in the settlement structure. Sustainable groundwater management requires the identification of long-term changes in order to enable appropriate mitigation measures. The project GroWaT (GroundWater Trends) investigates in the county Rif in the state of Salzburg the climatic, hydrogeological and anthropogenic effects on aquifers. Developing a set of modeling scenarios, diverse influencing factors are tested on their sensitivity and quantified regarding their predicted development in the future.

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FIELDWORK Randkluft Ödenwinkelkees

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Successful field mission at the foot of the mighty Eiskögele north face, Hohe Tauern Range! Together with our colleagues from Landesgeologie Salzburg we expanded our rock and ice temperature monitoring inside the randkluft systems of the Ödenwinkelkees glacier. More info on our ArgeAlp project 'CirqueMonHT' is available here...

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NEW InSAR Competence Center

GEORESEARCH goes space! Cutting-edge satellites systematically measure ground motion directly, covering a wide area and with high accuracy in millimeter-range ... Together with our partner TRE ALTAMIRA (https://site.tre-altamira.com/), the world leader in detecting ground motion and deformation from satellite, we founded the InSAR Competence Center. Our common goal is to develop innovative InSAR applications based on cutting-edge technologies.

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NATIONAL PARK HOHE TAUERN Workshop

AK Permafrost 2018

Exciting Workshop regarding Climate Change and its effects on alpine mountains with students from HBLA Ursprung (Salzburg)! Thanks to the National Park Hohe Tauern for the opportunity to contribute as experts.

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TREN A LAS NUBES Award!

The Austrian Chamber of Architects and Consulting Engineers (Oberösterreich and Salzburg) has for the third time published the journal „INGenial“. The journal content includes outstanding projects that deal with special challenges and attract worldwide attention. We are delighted that our project „Tren a la Nubes - Development potentials of an extreme mountain railway" was awarded! Many thanks to DI Gernot Jedlitschka (Geoconsult) for the successful presentation of the project during the award ceremony!

 

Published article in the Oberösterreichischen Nachrichten (Print and Online, only in German).

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CLIMATE CHANGE Workshop

We are always pleased to work together with young people! Climate Change workshop on the topic: "When mountains crumble - permafrost and alpine hazards" within the k.i.d.Z.21-project at the AKG Traunstein.

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PROJECT Sattelkar

In high-alpine cirques, climate change-induced permafrost degradation and an increase in liquid precipitation are projected to promote the availability of fresh, unconsolidated sediments. The relevance of cirques as source areas of hazardous mass movements, such as debris flows, is therefore expected to grow significantly. The aim of this project is the establishment of a monitoring system for the Sattelkar cirque and its three neighbouring cirques (Hohe Tauern) to better understand how high-alpine cirques react to climate change.

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KONFERENZ EGU 2019

EGU 2017

From 07.04.2019 - 12.04.2019 the European Geosciences Union (EGU) meets in Vienna (Austria). GEORESEARCH will be involved in two talks and one poster presentations throughout the week ...

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PUBLICATION Socio-economic risk management

Climate change is a global phenomenon that needs to be addressed adequately at community level. The complexity of climate change creates problems, which can only be solved at the local scale level. In some areas climate change may also open up promising opportunities that need to be seized. Take a look at this recent publication, co-authored by GEORESEARCH, to learn about a recent case study from Lienz, East Tyrol. 

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PUBLICATION Permafrost Young Researchers Network

Since 2008 the "Permafrost Young Researchers Network" (PYRN) brings together early-career scientists from all around the world. A recent article, published in 'Polar Record', now describes the development and the role of PYRN in the permafrost community and among other networks of early-career scientists. 

 

 

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TV-DOCUMENTARY Glacier Mass Balancing with UAS Swarms

How can UASs (Unmanned Aerial Systems) be utilized for glacier mass balancing? A film crew accompanied GEORESEARCH during fieldwork at the Ödenwinkelkees (Salzburg) and recorded our UAS swarm in live action

The documentary aired on 22.11.2018 within the magazine "P.M. Wissen" on ServusTV and is available online. 

Many thanks to our project partners Airnail and ISCC (International Security Competence Centre)!

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CONFERENCE AK Permafrost 2018

AK Permafrost 2018

From 30.11. – 2.12.2018 we attended the 10th meeting of the AK Permafrost (Arbeitskreis Permafrost) in Bremerhaven, the largest permafrost meeting of the year in the German-speaking region. GEORESEARCH contributed two presentations and co-organized a workshop for young researchers (PYRN). A visit to the new C-14-laboratory at the AWI (Alfred-Wegener-Institut) in Bremerhaven was one of the meeting's highlights.

DRONE HERO 2018

Drone Hero Europe 2018

At the Commercial UAV Expo Europe (Amsterdam) our project P-SWARM was awarded with the prestigious Drone Hero Europe 2018 prize! Over 20 drone innovations from 13 European countries competed, six reached the finals, and three were eventually crowned: In the start-up category our innovative SWARM-box successfully convinced the jury and took home the award. Many thanks to our partners ISCC (International Security Competence Center) and AIRNAIL for the successful cooperation.

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FIELDWORK Subglacial Drilling at Kitzsteinhorn

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Eleven meters below the glacier surface, under demanding alpine conditions, we successfully drilled a new borehole into the headwall of the Schmiedingerkees glacier

We expect exciting new data on recent glacier retreat, future rockfall hazards and long-term cirque erosion. Many thanks to GEODATA for providing the drilling equipment. More information on our current ÖAW project 'GlacierRocks' is available here...

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PROJECT AlpSenseBench

AlpSenseBench

AlpSenseBench is a one-year benchmark pilot study in four alpine regions (Bavaria, Tyrol, Salzburg, South Tyrol). It investigates high-availability remote sensing systems for early-warning of natural hazards in particularly climate-sensitive alpine regions. Due to its preventive character AlpSenseBech contributes significantly not only towards risk reduction, but also towards cost reduction of climate change related natural hazards. AlpSenseBench aims at the anticipation of natural hazards and the real-time warning of critical objects around infrastructures.

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PROJECT P-SWARM

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P-SWARM is a project aimed at generating photogrammetric data more efficiently by employing multiple drones flying in swarm mode instead of just one. We are currently developing a swarm box, comprising five UASs, for a smart and fast swarm data generating process. It allows for three different acquisition modes and real swarm communication and is adjusted to a DEM in order to ensure a precise flight, even in high alpine and other challenging environments.

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PROJECT Kyrgyz LMEWS

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Radioactive waste and the legacies of uranium mining combined with massive landslides pose tremendous risks to vast areas of Kyrgyzstan and their inhabitants. These risks comprise the potential destruction of radioactive legacies and thus, the mobilisation of radioactive materials through streams and rivers into intensively cultivated agricultural areas. For risk reduction and based on cutting-edge technologies, GEORESEARCH is developing a spatial and temporal scalable landslide monitoring and early warning system (LMEWS) for the Mailuu Suu region. The project’s long-term aim is to increase the safety of Kyrgyz uranium legacy complex sites through optimised monitoring and remediation measures.

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PUBLICATION Glacial Lakes in Austria

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In the current issue of the internationally renowned scientific journal 'Global and Planetary Change' we present the latest research results on the distribution and formation of glacial lakes in Austria (Project FutureLakes).

 

Citation: Buckel J., Otto J.-C., Prasicek G., Keuschnig M. (2018): Glacial lakes in Austria - Distribution and formation since the Little Ice Age. Global and Planetary Change, Vol. 164, 39-51.

 

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COMPETENCE NETWORK buildingSMART Germany and Austria

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We have been a member of buildingSMART e.V. Germany for almost a year now - from now on GEORESEARCH is also part of the brand new buildingSMART Austria (http://www.buildingsmart.co.at/). As part of the competence network in both countries we will actively contribute to Building Information Modeling and open standards. Our work is centered around BIM for underground construction/tunneling as well as infrastructure. We are looking foreward to constructive discussions and a good cooperation!

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