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2020-03-17

Detect earthquake-triggered landslides via Twitter

Detect earthquake-triggered landslides via Twitter

Landslides may significantly hamper earthquake response, because they can block roads. However, there is very little information about how, where and when earthquakes triggered landslides within the first few hours after a global earthquake occurred. Therefore, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) started a project in collaboration with the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) to evaluate whether it is possible to detect such landslides by monitoring tweets on Twitter in real time. 

Although such detection already exists for earthquakes at EMSC, the detection of landslides presents a different challenge, as the number of tweets published on this topic is very small. In order to tackle this issue, EMSC is working together with QCRI, which has developed AIDR (Artificial Intelligence Disaster Response). This is a platform, which harvests tweets from Twitter and uses artificial intelligence (AI) to analyse the pictures. A database of landslide pictures was the first training dataset generously provided by the British Geological Survey. Further AI training is currently ongoing. Besides that, we are manually checking all detected tweets on a daily basis and hope to have an operational prototype in the coming months.

2019-09-04

Promising Kick-Off Meeting

Promising Kick-Off Meeting

The RISE kick-off meeting took place from 2 to 4 September 2019 in Zurich, Switzerland. Over 60 participants joined to discuss the project's first steps. Besides many interesting presentations held project members and external experts, a poster fair and breakout sessions provided enough room to be creative and to take everyone's expertise and ideas into account. During the conference dinner on a boat on Lake Zurich, the participants had the possibility to network and discuss in a different setting. Now the RISE community is ready to start with their work to make Europe more resilient.

2019-09-01

RISE kick-off meeting in Zurich

RISE kick-off meeting in Zurich

From 2 to 4 September 2019, the RISE kick-off meeting will be held in Zurich. Over 60 representatives of the scientific community are expected to attend. The event will feature several poster sessions, breakout sessions, and a networking event to support the projects collaboration.

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