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Space radar to assess Europe's historic sites

#1  Postby DougC » May 06, 2016 12:41 am

B.B.C. Article

A project is under way to assess the geological hazards facing the 400-plus European monuments and sites on the Unesco World Heritage List.
Data from radar satellites will be used to map the ground movements that might threaten these historic places.
Known as Prothego, the initiative will run for two years.
The aim is to produce a monitoring "toolkit" that the UN and national authorities can employ in the future management of WHL centres worldwide.
One of the study leaders is Dr Francesca Cigna from the Nerc British Geological Survey.
"In the first instance we are going to use legacy data from the past 20 years to demonstrate the principles, but at the end of the project we want to create a guidebook or atlas for Unesco that shows them how to look at radar interferometry to continually assess these heritage assets," she told BBC News.

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