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Geological, seismic and soil survey

Seismic risk

What the Region does

SeismographCompared to the italian situation overall, Emilia-Romagna is affected by “average” seismicity, largely concentrated in Romagna where, in the past, the biggest earthquakes have occurred. One of the main duties of the SGSS, and one that is indispensable for proper land planning and management, is the development of specific analyses and methodologies to support seismic risk reduction measures. In order to put in place an effective prevention plan for any given area, one must first have detailed knowledge of all levels of interaction between earthquake, soil and buildings. SGSS thus focuses on the seismic hazards of the region, studying local effects and seismic microzonation; it and evaluates the vulnerability of buildings and infrastructure, working closely with a technicalscientific committee. In addition, the SGSS is also committed to a number of other projects, including: the "Seismotectonic map of Emilia-Romagna region" (scale 1:250.000); the implementation in Emilia-Romagna, in collaboration with the National Seismic Survey unit, of the National Accelerometric Network and that of the “Osservatorio Sismico delle Strutture”, the seismic monitoring unit for structures. In addition, SGSS is involved in developing the regional evaluation centre for technical activities during seismic emergencies. Lastly, it also carried out various other training and instructive activities, using the Internet among other tools, for public administration technicians, professionals, agencies and the public at large.


Referente per Supporto all'applicazione delle nuove disposizioni in materia di sismica, Attività tecniche post-sisma e di prevenzione sismica.
phone: 0039-051-5274341, e-mail

Development and analysis of geological data for the assessment of natural hazards and energy resources:
phone: 0039-051 5274360, email:


Servizi Tecnici di Bacino (brench offices)
support the municipalities in carrying out checks of the construction in seismic areas, oversee the execution of technical checks in case of earthquakes

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Ongoing projects

  • GeoMol -european project Assessing subsurface potentials of the Alpine Foreland Basins (Alpine molassa and Pianura Padana alluvial plain) for sustainable planning and use of natural resources

Special initiatives


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Published Jul 03, 2014 — last modified Dec 03, 2018
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