Risk Mapping

Risk Mapping

When we talk about environmental risk, we are referring to the probability that a catastrophe or an event which damages the environment will occur.

This risk may be caused by natural phenomena (an earthquake, a volcanic eruption, floods...) or may be caused by human intervention in the environment (toxic dumping, nuclear disasters, ladslides caused by deforestation...).

The prior are known as natural risks while the latter are known as anthropic risks or man-made risks.

With regard to environmental risks, Grupo Tecopy offers the following services:

  • Risk reports and vulnerability to risk studies.
  • Emergency plan drafting.
  • Thematic mapping.
  • GIS creation focused on risk management.

Grupo Tecopy has professionals trained in the appropiate specialties for conducting studies of natural and anthropic risks using new technologies such as GIS or remote sensing (teledetection). These studies allow us to determinate spheres which are especially sensitives to risks.

In natural and anthropic risk studies, the vulnerability of settlements and infrastructure are analized and danger zones are established in relation to an event caused naturally or by the erroneous action of Man. In these studies, it is essential to have a team experienced in distinguishing the central variables involved in triggering these events and in advanced GIS handling, given that these are the main tools used in spatial analysis.

GRUPO TECOPY has all the human and technical means required to carry out these projects with the high-quality demanded by our customers.

These studies are usually done in two phases: the first in which the whole assigned territory is analyzed and risk-sensitive areas are selected, and the second in which a comprehensive analysis of the latter is performed using different standardized methodologies.

The result of these studies is usually a series of risk maps which contain planimetric and topographic mapping details of the selected areas, those areas likely to be affected by the events analyzed for a given return period.

Recently due to advances in GIS in this field, 3D analysis studies have also been included. These are useful for the proper representation of certain types of outcomes (episodes of flooding, pollution dispersion, route of mud flow predictions, etc).