EuroGeoSurveys (EGS) members have a broad expertise and experience on applied Earth Observations (EO) to geohazards, georesources exploration, mining and environnment impact assessment. EU co-funded projects such as Terrafirma, Doris, SubCoast, Evoss, PanGeo, Lampre, Geo-Cradle, Safety of U-Geohaz have successfully exploited the most advanced EO technologies to detect, map, monitor and model geohazards that are threatening European territory.

The Earth Observation Expert Group (EOEG) is working towards the implementation of long term in-situ observation systems where EO data can be benchmarked; the delivery of harmonized pan-European information on geohazards and environmental impact assessment with a focus on urban areas. These products and services will be served through EGDI and work in support of the priorities of the Group on Earth Observation (GEO) and especially the Global Earth Observing System of Systems (GEOSS) in the framework of EC’s Copernicus initiative.

Since 2015, without any direct funding from international projects, the landslide working group form EOEG has been actively working for the past years in the joint analysis of national landslide databases, the assessment of landslide impact, and the integration of landslide hazard maps into land use and urban planning in the different countries of Europe. As a result the first landslide density map of Europe has been published in EGDI, where the number of landslides per square kilometre recorded by the Geological Surveys of 17 countries have been joined into a single harmonized database. This map alerts about the incompleteness of landslide information throughout many countries and regions of Europe requiring a coordinated joint effort among multi-level organisations. Landslide impact in Europe has been updated and evaluated in the past years, together with the existing legislation in the different countries about the integration of landslide hazard maps into land use and urban planning. The preliminary results from this result have been published in the maps portal of the Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC):, and the main conclusions suggest that a European directive on landslide hazard is necessary.