Tbilisi scientific meeting on Georgian geohazards

Participants in the meeting

NATO scientists: Nino Tsereteli, Zurab Gogoladze, Nino Kvavadze, Aleksndre Gventsadze (Institute of Geophysics, Tbilisi University); Alessandro Tibaldi, Fabio Bonali, Elena Russo (Milan Bicocca University); Federico Pasquaré Mariotto (Insubria University).

Georgian Institutions
Ministry of Internal Affairs – Emergency Management Agency
Ministry for the Environment and Natural Resources Protection
Ministry of Energy
Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure
Ministry of Communication
National Agency of Public Registry
Engurhesi Ltd.
MAGTI Telecommunications

On October 30th, 2017, at the premises of the Emergency Management Agency of Georgia, a group of scientists working under the aegis of NATO, have presented the work that has been accomplished during the first two years of the project.

The several participants in the Tbilisi meeting

Prof. Alessandro Tibaldi opened up the meeting, summarizing the acitivities carried out since November 2015, aimed at monitoring the huge landslide that has been threatening the Enguri Lake reservoir. Prof. Tibaldi presented the data gathered by means the etxtensiometers installed at two selected locations within the landslide body, as well as a number of GPS stations whose function has been to assess the rate of the downslope-directed movement of the landslide.

Dr. Nino Tsereteli has then introduced the topic of seismicity in the whole Country, showing the efforts that have been recently made to assess seismic hazard in the whole Caucasian region and in Georgia.

Prof. Pasquaré Mariotto has described the results of the geological-structural field activity aimed at assessing seismic-related hazards, carried out in the Enguri Dam area from the beginning of the project through November 2017.

Finally, Dr. Bonali has illustrated GeoInt, the first macroseismic intensity database for the Republic of Georgia: Such database is open to the public and, up to today, features 3957 intensity sites related to 111 earthquakes, reaching back in time as far as 1250 B.C.

The Georgian institutions participating in the meeting have all expressed their appreciation for the results achieved so far by the NATO-funded project; they especially praised the work done for mitigating the risks at the Enguri hydroelectrical facility, and for contributing to assessing seismic hazard and risk in the Repiblic of Georgia. The latter point is paramount in order to provide the whole Georgian territory with a seismic classification that should enable to plan new buildings according to updated seismic codes.

Group picture at the end of the meeting