Disciplinary Data Providers

Solid Earth science is a broad science area that consists of different disciplines; each with its own history, nature and community. Coordination and integration of these disciplines on a European scale is one of the major goals of the EPOS enterprise.

To reach this goal EPOS puts an effort into organising information exchange and synergy identification.

Furthermore, EPOS aims at integrating data from these different solid Earth science disciplines into multidisciplinary services, such as repositories with functionalities for data preservation, archiving and mining.

So far EPOS has managed to actively involve producers of direct observations, as well as modelling experts providing models and model outputs , from each of the following Earth science communities:


  • Seismology, including induced and ocean bottom seismology: the scientific study of earthquakes and the propagation of elastic waves through the Earth. The field also includes studies of earthquake effects, such as tsunamis as well as diverse seismic sources such as volcanic, tectonic, oceanic, atmospheric, and artificial processes.

  • Volcanology: the study of volcanoes, lava, magma, and related geological, geophysical and geochemical phenomena

  • Geology and surface dynamics: research into the dynamics of the coupled processes that shape the Earth’s surface—physical, biological, geochemical, and anthropogenic—and how they will respond to climate, land use, and management change.

  • Geodesy: the science of determining the size and shape of the Earth; precise positioning and long-term monitoring of points on its surface, including applications to plate tectonics, geodynamics, earthquake deformation, subsidence and landslips.

  • Geomagnetism: long-term monitoring of the Earth’s magnetic field through the operation of magnetic observatories. Land, marine, airborne and satellite data are used to make global models describing how the Earth's magnetic field changes in space and time.

  • Analytical and experimental laboratory research: research in the fields of rock physics, including palaeomagnetism, analytical and experimental petrology and volcanology, and tectonic modelling, performed in physical laboratories / facilities.

  • Earth observation: the gathering of information about planet Earth’s physical, chemical and biological systems via remote sensing technologies supplemented by earth surveying techniques, encompassing the collection, analysis and presentation of data.

 In the current stage of the EPOS enterprise – the Preparatory Phase project – these disciplinary Earth science communities are represented by Working Groups.




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