ARMONIA: Harmonising administration and public institutions for trans-frontier risk prevention and disaster management.

Funded by the Interreg V – Italia-Österreich


Project partners: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Michael Strasser and Dr. Jasper Moernaut

PhD Student: Patrick Oswald

InterregThe Interreg V – Italia-Österreich funded project ARMONIA (ITAT-301  6) aims to tighten cross-border collaboration between the civil protection institutions for the risk prevention and management of natural disasters, like strong earthquakes, which cause considerable damage and loss of life in different countries. Partners develop cross-border innovative seismic monitoring system extended to strategic buildings, real time thematic maps for immediate evaluation of the damage distribution and a management model of risk prevention to protect population and mitigate the earthquake damages. The project is lead by OGS Trieste and a consortium of the following project partners (University of Udine, University of Trieste, Civil Protection Department of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Civil Protection Department of region Veneto, Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics of Austria and University of Innsbruck)

The Sedimentary Geology research group of the University of Innsbruck participates in work package 5: Analysis of motion parameters and their relation to damage and environmental effects developing a database containing evidences of the region’s strong earthquakes of the past 10 ka:

In Alpine environments, strong earthquake not only damage human buildings, but also cause landslides, rockfalls etc., which can harm important infrastructure and its functionality. The investigation area, especially Tyrol and Carinthia/Friuli region, was affected by strong earthquakes in historic time and it is considered to be spatially vulnerable. Earthquake induced landslides, rockfalls, and other rapid environmental changes leave traces with a particular fingerprint in the sedimentary infill of Alpine lakes. Investigating these earthquake induced traces in the sediment records of several lakes in the study area will allow us to date and analyse possible earthquakes since the glacial retreatment of the specific areas. Effects and particular fingerprints of earthquakes in the individual lacustrine systems are calibrated with the historic event record of the past 1000 years in close collaboration with Christa Hammerl of the Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics (ZAMG).

Knowledge of intensity and recurrence rate of strong earthquakes and their effects on humans and environment is fundamental for planning the mitigation of earthquake damages and protection of the population in the future.

Project Collaborators:

Project members from the Sedimentary Geology group:
PhD student: Patrick Oswald
Project partners and PhD supervisors: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Michael Strasser and Dr. Jasper Moernaut

Collaborators within Univ. Innsbruck:
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christoph Adams

Collaborators within Austria (ZAMG):
Dr. Wolfgang Lenhard, Dr. Christa Hammerl, Dr. Stefan Weginger