There is an urgent need to improve the basic understanding of geohazards and our ability to deal with the risks associated with them. The International Centre for Geohazards (ICG) does research on the assessment, prevention and mitigation of geohazards, offshore as well as on land. The main focus is placed on landslides and their effects, such as tsunamis. Activities include hazard and risk assessment for slides and earthquakes, evaluation of soil and rock slopes, instrument design and monitoring, geophysical methods, field studies, application of SAR technology for monitoring of slopes, further development of GIS as a tool in geohazard assessment, tsunami research, and numerical modelling. Education is given high priority, and graduate programmes in geohazards have been established at both the University of Oslo and at NTNU in Trondheim. Over the next few years, emphasis will also be placed on monitoring, early warning systems, and mitigation measures.
International Centre for Geohazards (ICG): Assessment, prevention and mitigation of geohazards