29.11.2018 / 10:00

30.11.2018 / 12:30

Launch of the Norwegian Ground Motion Service

Average rate of subsidence from 2015 to 2018 in Trondheim.

Norway is a very stable country. Or is it? In fact many things that appear to be stable are actually moving, but we don’t notice it.

The ground expands and contracts with the seasons, due to changes in temperature and moisture. Buildings, bridges, roads and railways shift and settle due to the soft ground underneath them. Mountainsides may creep slowly and silently downwards for hundreds or thousands of years before collapsing catastrophically. Like the rising global temperatures, many of these movements are infinitesimal: only millimetres or centimetres each year. Nonetheless, the cumulative effect of these movements can be disastrous.

The Geological Survey of Norway (NGU), The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) and the Norwegian Space Centre are launching the Norwegian Ground Motion Service. Using images acquired every six days by the European Copernicus Programme Sentinel-1 satellites, we can now measure and continuously monitor all of these movements to within one millimetre per year at more than three billion locations in Norway. This service is free to all; government, industry and citizens.

This workshop is aimed towards all professionals that might be interested in this broadly applicable new service to help monitor the movement of earth surface features: both natural and “made”. The workshop will highlighting the potential of these data. You will have an opportunity to meet the core technical team, find out how you can access and use these data, view examples of how they are produced and discover how this data is already used in the operational workflows of many organizations.

The workshop takes place at NGU in Leiv Eiriksson's Road 39 in Trondheim.


The conference programme

Lunch will be served on both Thursday and Friday. On Thursday evening, we will be hosting a social event in the city, where you will have an opportunity to mingle with both the development team and other users.


The registration is now closed.