FIRST CROSS-BORDER GNSS NETWORK FOR MONITORING TECTONIC PLATES
In response to the devastating earthquakes that struck Turkey and Syria in February 2023, Texplor Geontech is committed to making a significant contribution to the disaster response efforts in the Asia Minor region.
To this end, we have launched the “ASIA MINOR GNSS NETWORK” project, which involves the immediate deployment of a GNSS network for all affected countries.
ASIA MINOR SEISMIC RISK AREA
High risk because of unpredictable crustal plate tectonic movements
Asia Minor, also known as Anatolia, is in a highly active seismic region, known as the Mediterranean-Asian or Alpine-Himalayan belt. The convergence of the Eurasian and African tectonic plates generates significant strain on earth’s crust, resulting in frequent and severe earthquakes. These earthquakes can cause widespread damage and loss of life, making it crucial to take steps to mitigate the risks and prepare for the possibility of an earthquake. Such steps can include developing earthquake-resistant structures, and early warning systems, and educating people on what to do in the event of an earthquake.
- High level of seismic activity
- Eurasian and African tectonic plates shifts, causing frequent earthquakes
- Destruction and loss of life from earthquakes are inevitable
URGENT NEED FOR A NEW GNSS NETWORK
In the Asia Minor region, a significant challenge is the lack of an existing GNSS network. The current results are not in real-time and require processing, causing delays in receiving critical information after an earthquake. Moreover, IGS stations are not connected with each other, further hampering the monitoring process. Therefore, a dedicated GNSS network system for the entire region is urgently needed to provide reliable and accurate data in real-time and enable effective disaster response.
SOLIDARITY AND RESPONSIBILITY
Texplor Geontech is in solidarity with the people affected by the recent natural disaster in the region of Asia Minor caused by the severe earthquakes. We believe that it is our responsibility as global citizens to support humanity in times of crisis, regardless of their ethnicity or affiliation.
THE TEXTANT GNSS NETWORK DONATION PROJECT
Our project aims to establish a network of 6-7 TEXtant® GNSS systems in the Asia Minor region, covering countries such as Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Jordan, to monitor daily crustal plate movements. We are committed to donating this first startup GNSS network to aid in disaster prevention and preparedness efforts in the affected region.
The installation of the TEXtant® GNSS network system in key locations throughout the region will provide researchers and emergency management authorities with a reliable network of monitoring equipment. This will help to identify potential earthquake hazards and provide warning to those in affected areas. Our goal is to establish an effective and networked early warning system for earthquakes to protect people and regions affected by upcoming earthquakes.
The project description includes setting up an early warning system for all affected countries, with daily X, Y, and Z data results available for all experts of neighboring countries. This will be achieved through the installation of a base network of 6 – 7 TEXtant® GNSS monitoring stations across the region, providing reliable and up-to-date data for emergency response teams to assess the risk of possible aftershocks.
- Set up a TEXtant® GNSS network for the affected region
- Donation of 6-7 TEXtant® systems for startup network
- Daily visualization of results for experts of all participating countries
In conclusion, the TEXtant® GNSS movement monitoring network will significantly contribute to disaster prevention and preparedness efforts in the Asia Minor region. The daily monitoring of crustal plate movements and early warning system for earthquakes will help protect lives and minimize damage in the event of an earthquake.
NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART GNSS TECHNOLOGY
Introducing TEXtant® – a new GNSS network with state-of-the-art technology for movement monitoring. Its stand-alone device can take precise measurements in remote and inaccessible locations, providing daily results on crustal activity in the Asia Minor region. The cloud-based system connects all countries in the area, allowing data to be shared and accessed by researchers and emergency management authorities, improving collaboration and coordination in the event of unusual crustal movements. The automated Global Satellite Navigation System can monitor crustal plate movements 24/7, providing comprehensive understanding of potential risks and aid in disaster prevention and preparedness.
- Precise monitoring crustal activity with millimeter accuracy
- Cloud-based network enables daily sharing of results with experts and researchers
- Improves collaboration and development of effective early warning systems
TESTED AND PROVED IGS ACCURACY AND RELIABILITY
The TEXtant® system has successfully demonstrated its capabilities in movement monitoring at the Aquitaine bridge project in France, operating 24/7. The system was also tested at the IGS station in Geoforschungszentrum (GFZ) Potsdam, Germany and has demonstrated millimeter-scale accuracy equivalent to the IGS station. These successful tests have proven the system’s efficacy, making it ready for deployment in disaster-prone areas to aid in disaster prevention and preparedness.
PROJECT SCHEDULE 2023/24
EARTHQUAKE IN TURKEY AND SYRIA
6th of February 2023
Presentation and Donation of TEXtant® GNSS Network / March
Delivery of first TEXtant® GNSS system to Adana, Turkey / April
SETUP THE NETWORK
Network Setup in Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia / upcoming
8 TEXtant® GNSS stations are online / 2024
Installation of additional TEXtant® GNSS systems in other locations across the Asia Minor region and other risk areas in the world
JOIN US AND CREATE THE NETWORK WITH US
We believe in the power of cooperation to overcome catastrophes that affect humanity beyond borders. We’re excited to launch the TEXtant® GNSS movement monitoring network and collaborate with researchers and emergency management authorities in Asia Minor to enhance disaster preparedness and response. Our cutting-edge GNSS network system through the ASIA Minor GNSS project will contribute to the region’s safety and security. The solution also involves inspiring others to join us in our efforts to make a meaningful contribution to the disaster response efforts in the area. Together, we can work towards overcoming catastrophes that affect humanity as a whole, beyond national borders.
Join us and be part of the solution!