EPOS: European Plate Observing System

EPOS is a long-term plan for the integration of national and transnational Research Infrastructures for solid Earth science in Europe to provide seamless access to data, services and facilities



The European Plate Observing System (EPOS) is a planned research infrastructure for European solid Earth science, integrating existing research infrastructures to enable innovative multidisciplinary research, recently prioritized by the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) for implementation.

By improving access to data and data products, together with tools for their use in analysis and modeling, EPOS will transform the European research landscape, driving discovery and developing solutions to the geo-hazards and geo-resources challenges facing European society.

Complex interconnected physical and chemical processes control earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, and floods, and drive tectonics and Earth surface dynamics. Unravelling them requires accessible harmonized data and new tools to foster innovative cross-disciplinary research.


The innovation potential of the EPOS infrastructure involves facilitating the integration and use of solid Earth science data, data products, services and facilities, based on distributed national research infrastructures across Europe.

The ground-breaking nature of the EPOS federated approach relies on joining the capacity of delivering high-quality standardized and multi-disciplinary data, the involvement of ICT experts in guaranteeing novel e-science opportunities and the leverage effect of user’s engagement.


To Whom

EPOS is aimed at a broad stakeholders community including European and Mediterranean countries.


We have identified the following stakeholders categories:


I.    Data and service providers from the solid Earth science community

II.  Scientific user community (hereinafter, the users)

III. Governmental organizations

IV.  Industry and other data and service providers

V.   General public

EPOS IP will continue to fully integrate data and service providers from solid Earth science as well as governmental organizations.

EPOS IP will be also essential to further engage the scientific user community and other service providers and users not belonging to solid Earth science. The construction and operation of the EPOS infrastructure will allow the interaction with the general public through the novel e-infrastructure.







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