Cooperation Partner

RiCoLa will significantly benefit from a number of national and international cooperation partners, who will will contribute experiences, knowledge and data in specific scientific fields, e.g. geomorphology, geology, remote sensing/GIS, or landslide research. The cooperation partners will support RiCoLa with data sets crucial for method testing and validation, and strengthen the project team with their knowledge on regional landslides, river damming and flash floods events.

The Geological Survey of Austria (GBA) is the largest geoscientific research center in Austria. The GBA is a government organization affiliated to the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy. The tasks of the GBA are to study and document the geology of the country systematically, continuously and overall, to collect and interpret geoscientific information in Austria, to lay the foundation for the sustainable use of the geogenic potential and to provide all information to the public in a systematic manner. The GBA has been involved for more than 10 years in the GEORIOS project, which represents the most complete geodatabase related to gravitational and natural hazard in Austria.

The Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Canterbury (UC), New Zealand, has a focus on the natural hazards of active mountain landscapes and their potential for disrupting society. Due to the occurrence of a number of landslide dams in New Zealand in the last 30 years, the Department hosts excellent knowledge of the processes that generate landslide dams and their potential effects on downstream landscapes and assets. Particular interest lies on co-seismic landslides forming dams and the downstream hazard cascades that result, and a number of past and current PhD students have focused on this topic.

The Disaster Prevention Research Center (DPRC) belongs to the Research and Services Headquarters of the National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) and is one of the main institutions for disaster prevention and mitigation in Taiwan. The mission of the DPRC is to reduce the natural hazard damage in Taiwan by developing advanced methods and using up-to-date technologies, as well as improving the skills of disaster prevention and rescue for the government.