European Centre on Geodynamic Hazards of High Dams (EC GHHD)

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Dec 1995, as one of the 'European Network of Specialist Centres' of F-XF1447 - Open Partial Agreement on the Prevention of, Protection against and Organization of Relief in Major Natural and Technological Disasters (EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement), within the framework of the D-XD0435 - Council of Europe (CE). Affiliated to the Ministry of Environment Protection of Georgia, 14 Feb 1996. Also referred to as European Centre on Geodynamic Risks of High Dams. Activity regulated by an Agreement between Ministry of Environment Protection and Institute of Geophysics, confined 5 Mar 1996.


Develop a multinational, multidisciplinary approach to the problems of geodynamic hazards generated by high dams, including: development and testing of modern methods of multidisciplinary monitoring of local and regional geodynamic processes in the proximity of large dams on the basis of Enguri Dam International Test Area (EDITA); mathematical modelling of geodynamic processes at large dams; prediction of impending geodynamic events (earthquakes, tectonic deformations, landslides) and prognosis of response of large dams to these impacts; monitoring of physical-chemical processes and associated variations in physical properties of foundation rocks; creation of databases of geodynamic observations on large dams; analysis and generalization (in collaboration with other European centres) of possible geodynamic hazards, creation of scenarios of possible damage and instructions for public education on what to do in case of alarm, during and after the disaster; active participation in international, regional and national projects related to major disasters and environmental problems.

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