Monitoring & early warning
Monitoring & early warning

Monitoring & early warning – it’s not just about technology.

The challenge lays in recognising what needs to be measured in order to make sensible and realistic hazard assessments. We support you with the key questions: which technology? how often should measurements be made? and where should the measurement sensors be located to ensure meaningful results e.g. providing lead time for implementing mitigation and/or prevention measures.

Our strength in monitoring and early warning comes from experience and a deep understanding of natural hazards. It allows us to develop techniques and integrated systems for measurement and interpretation for hazards such as landslide, rock fall release areas, debris and mud flows, glacial lake outburst floods, snow avalanche etc.

Our monitoring & early warning uses a variety of technologies, here are just a few:
  • Crackmeters and extensometers
  • Inclinometers
  • Pressure transducers
  • Soil moisture and suction devices
  • Microseismic sensing & logging
  • Automated GPS
  • Low energy wireless data logger networks
  • GSM/GPRS/Wireless/Irridium data communication systems
  • Solar, fuel cell, diesel remote power systems


  • Portable radar interferometry
  • Long range terrestrial laser scanning
  • UAV imaging and laser scanning
  • Field installation in difficult and remote terrain