International Projects and Initiatives

EPOS is being realized within a large number of disciplinary, technical as well as international projects and initiatives. The EPOS Project Development Board puts an effort in an effective joint coordination of the different initiatives.

In this page you can find some information on those projects and initiatives that are deeply related to EPOS. They are listed in alphabetical order.

 

Project

COOPEUS

Connecting Research Infrastructures

Running time 

2012 – 2015

Type of project

Strengthening the cooperation between the US and the EU in the field of environmental research infrastructures.

 

Developing world-class research infrastructures for environmental research is one of the top priorities of the European Union Research Policies.

The COOPEUS project, funded under the Research Infrastructures action of the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Innovation of the EU, shall bring together scientists and users being involved in Europe’s major environmental related research infrastructure projects, i.e. EISCAT, EPOS, LifeWATCH, EMSO, and ICOS, with their US counterparts that are responsible for the NSF funded projects AMISR, EARTHSCOPE, DataONE, OOI and NEON.

The intention is that by interlinking these activities new synergies are generated that will stimulate the creation of a truly global integration of existing infrastructures. The key of this integration process will be the efficient access to and the open sharing of data and information produced by the environmental research infrastructures. This important crosscutting infrastructure category is subject to rapid changes, driven almost entirely outside the field of environmental sciences. Trends in this area include growing collaborations between computer and environmental scientists, leading to the emergence of a new class of scientific activity structured around networked access to observational information. Therefore links to running projects like ENVRI in Europe or EARTHCUBE in the US who are developing relevant architectures are indispensable. Considering this perspective the COOPEUS project will serve as a testbed for new standards and methods.

Funding source

FP7 -CSA

Contact 

Ketil Koop Jakobsen

EPOS Relevance 

EPOS is partner in COOPEUS and in charge of WP5

WP5 will coordinate the long-term integration plans for solid Earth science envisioned by EPOS (European

Plate Observing System) in Europe and EarthScope in the US, ensuring interoperability through the frameworks

recommended by GEO (SS).

Objectives:

• Integrating EU-US solid Earth research infrastructure elements in EarthScope and EPOS

• Coordinating EU-US Earth science infrastructure planning and implementation

• Coordinate EPOS and EarthScope visions on data- and cyber-infrastructure in Earth sciences

• Promote multidisciplinary interoperability of data and computational research infrastructures within earth

sciences, specifically addressing the seismology and GPS communities.

• Discussing the future planning of scientific deep-drilling initiatives worldwide.

Project

EFEHR

the European Facility for Earthquake Hazard & Risk

Running time 

2011 – 2014

Type of project

EFEHR is funded through the EC-FP7 Infrastructure project Network of European Research Infrastructures for Earthquake Risk Assessment and Mitigation (NERA) that integrates key research infrastructures in Europe for monitoring earthquakes and assessing their hazard and risk.

NERA integrates and facilitates the use of these infrastructures and access to data for research, provides services and access to earthquake data and parameters, and hazard and risk products and tools.

Funding source

EC-FP7, Grant Agreement no 262330

Contact 

J. Woessner, F. Haslinger

EPOS Relevance 

EFEHR is designed as a sustainable community resource for European Earthquake Hazard and Risk.
The EFEHR web platform provides access to data, models, tools and expertise relevant for assessment of seismic hazard and risk in Europe.

EFEHR is hosted at ETH Zurich, in close collaboration with EUCENTRE Pavia, and sponsored by the EU FP7 project NERA (2010-2014).

EFEHR is also the European regional center for the Global Earthquake Model initiative GEM, and is expected to be developed as one of the thematic services for seismology in the EPOS infrastructure.

Using an interactive data portal and web-services, EFEHR provides expertise and background information as well as access to data and products on seismic hazard, the earthquake related vulnerability and fragility of buildings, and seismic risk.

 

Project

ENVRI

Common Operations of Environmental Research infrastructures

Running time 

2011 – 2014

Type of project  

EC: Combination of CP & CSA.  Find and work out common IT components and standards to facilitate interoperability in the environmental infrastructures

Funding source 

EC; FP7 grant  283465 Research Infrastructures

Contact 

Wouter Los (w.los_at_uva.nl)

EPOS Relevance 

EPOS e-science collaboration with environmental ESFRI initiatives

 

Project

ERA-MIN

European Network on the Industrial Handling of Raw Materials for the European Industries

Running time 

2012 – 

Type of project  

ERA-MIN is aimed at networking and improving the coordination of research programmes in the field of industrial production and supply of raw materials, in line with "EU Raw Materials Initiative".

Funding source 

EC FP7

Contact 

Project Coordinator: Olivier Vidal (olivier.vidal_at_ujf-grenoble.fr), WP2 Leader: Katharina Schumacher (ka.schumacher_at_fz-juelich.de)

EPOS Relevance 

EPOS can ERA-MIN can cooperate on the following areas: (i) local monitoring of mining induced seismicity; (ii) exploration and deep drilling; (iii) environmental monitoring

 

Project

EUDAT

European Data Infrastructure

Running time 

2011 – 2014

Type of project  

EUDAT is aiming at building a high-quality, cost-efficient and sustainable pan-European Data Ecosystem, with Europe-wide sharing of resources, services and competence.

Funding source 

EC FP7 [FP7/2007-2013] grant 283304  E-infrastructures

Contact 

Alberto Michelini (alberto.michelini_at_ingv.it)

EPOS Relevance 

EPOS e-science collaboration with other ESFRI initiatives and HPC

 

Project

EUREF

IAG Reference Frame Sub-Commission for Europe

Running time 

1987 – /

Type of project  

EUREF (www.euref.eu) is a joint effort of European research agencies and National Mapping and Cartographic Agencies (NMCA) with the goal to define, realize and maintain the European Reference System (ETRS89) - the geodetic infrastructure for multinational projects requiring precise geo-referencing. For that purpose EUREF is operating the EUREF Permanent GNSS Network (http://epncb.oma.be/).

Funding source 

National

Contact 

Carine Bruyninx (C.Bruyninx_at_oma.be)

EPOS Relevance 

WG4

 

Project

EUROGEOSURVEYS

The Geological Surveys of Europe

Running time 

1995 – /

Type of project  

EuroGeoSurveys (EGS), The Geological Surveys of Europe, represents 33 Member Organizations, thus over 20.000 specialists working in numerous applications of geosciences to the EU society and economy. EuroGeoSurveys is a not-for-profit association working solely for the public interest..

Funding source 

/

Contact 

Luca Demicheli (luca.demicheli_at_eurogeosurveys.org

EPOS Relevance 

WG3

 

 

Project

EXPLORIS

Explosive Eruption Risk and Decision Support for EU Populations Threatened by Volcanoes

Running time 

2002 – 2006

Type of project 

The main objective of the project consists in the quantitative analysis of explosive eruption risk in densely populated EU regions and the evaluation of the likely effectiveness of possible mitigation measures (such as land-use planning, engineering interventions in buildings, emergency planning and community preparedness) through the development of volcanic risk facilities - such as supercomputer simulation models, vulnerability databases, and probabilistic risk assessment protocols - and their application to high-risk European volcanoes.

Funding source 

EC

Contact 

Augusto Neri (neri_at_pi.ingv.it)

EPOS Relevance 

WG2

 

Project

GEM 

Global Earthquake Model

Running time 

2009 - /

Type of project  

The GEM Foundation is a public-private partnership that drives a collaborative effort aimed at developing and deploying tools and resources for earthquake risk assessment worldwide.

Funding source 

OECD, national contributions, insurance contributions, etc.

Contact 

Rui Pinho (info_at_globalearthquakemodel.org)

EPOS Relevance 

International seismic hazard developments and industry

 

Project

GEO

Group on Earth Observation

Running time 

2002 - /

Type of project  

GEO is a voluntary partnership of governments and international organizations. It provides a framework within which these partners can develop new projects and coordinate their strategies and investments in order to coordinate efforts to build a Global Earth Observation System of Systems, or GEOSS.

Funding source 

National and international.

Contact 

Francesco Gaetani (fgaetani_at_geosec.org)

EPOS Relevance 

 

 


Project

NERA 

Network of European Research Infrastructure for Earthquake Risk Assessment and Mitigation

Running time 

2010 – 2014

Type of project  

NERA is aiming at integration of key research infrastructures in Europe for monitoring earthquakes and assessing their hazard and risk.

Funding source 

EC FP7[FP7/2007-2013] grant 262330   I3

Contact 

Torild van Eck (nera_at_knmi.nl)

EPOS Relevance 

NERA integrates and facilitates the use of  infrastructures and access to data for research, provides services and access to earthquake data and parameters, and hazard and risk products and tools. The results of NERA will be integrated in the European Plate Observing System (EPOS).

 

Project

NERIES  

Network of Research Infrastructures for European Seismology

Running time 

2006 – 2010

Type of project 

NERIES is aiming at networking the European seismic networks, improving access to data, allowing access to specific seismic infrastructures and pursuing targeted research developing the next generation of tools for improved service and data analysis.

Funding source 

EC FP6 Research Infrastructure  I3 grant 026130

Contact 

Torild van Eck (neries_at_knmi.nl)

EPOS Relevance 

NERIES’ long-term vision and sustainability plans are currently integrated within the EPOS planning.

 

Project

OneGeology

International initiative of the geological surveys of the world

Running time 

2007 - /

Type of project  

OneGeology is an international initiative of the geological surveys of the world. It aims at creating dynamic digital geological map data for the world. It is an international initiative of the geological surveys of the world who are working together to achieve this venture.

Funding source 

international initiative of the geological surveys of the world

Contact 

Ian Jackson (onegeology_at_bgs.ac.uk)

EPOS Relevance 

Geology component contribution to EPOS and collaboration

 

Project

QUEST 

Quantitative Estimation of Earth’s Seismic Sources and Structure

Running time 

2009 – 2013

Type of project  

The main goal of QUEST is research and training in the development of strategies for automated seismic imaging using the increasing power of 3-D simulation technology.

Funding source 

EC FP7 [FP7/2007-2013] grant 238007

Contact 

Heiner Igel (heiner.igel_at_lmu.de)

EPOS Relevance 

EPOS infrastructure users 

 

Project

REAKT

Strategies and tools for Real Time EArthquake RisK ReducTion

Running time 

2011 – 2015

Type of project  

The general objective of the project is to improve the efficiency of real time earthquake risk mitigation methods and its capability of protecting structures, infrastructures and people. REAKT aims at establishing the best practice on how to use jointly all the information coming from earthquake forecast, early warning and real time vulnerability assessment.

Funding source 

EC FP7  Research

Contact 

Alfonso Filangieri (alfonso.rossifilangieri_at_amracenter.com)

EPOS Relevance 

to be studied

 

Project

SHARE 

Seismic Hazard Harmonization in Europe

Running time 

2009 – 2012

Type of project  

SHARE's main objective is to provide a community-based seismic hazard model for the Euro-Mediterranean region with update mechanisms. The project aims to establish new standards in Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Assessment (PSHA) practice by a close cooperation of leading European geologists, seismologists and engineers.

Funding source 

EC FP7 [FP7/2007-2013] grant 226967

Contact 

Domenico Giardini (share_at_sed.ethz.ch)

EPOS Relevance 

The results of SHARE will be integrated in the European Plate Observing System (EPOS).

 

Project

SUPERSITE

Geohazard Supersites

Running time ...

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Type of project  

Supersites is an initiative of the geohazard scientific community. The Supersites provide access to spaceborne and in-situ geophysical data of selected sites prone to earthquake, volcano or other hazards. The initiative began with the "Frascati declaration" at the conclusion of the 3rd International Geohazards workshop of the Group of Earth Observation (GEO) held in November 2007 in Frascati, Italy.

Funding source 

/

Contact 

Falk Amelung (famelun_at_rsmas.miami.edu), Massimo Cocco (massimo.cocco_at_ingv.it), Francesco Gaetani (fgaetani_at_geosec.org), Craig Dobson (craig.dobson@nasa.gov), Wolfgang Lengert (wolfgang.lengert_at_esa.int).

EPOS Relevance 

WG8

 

Project

TOPO-EUROPE

4-D topographic evolution of the orogens and intra-plate regions of Europe

Running time 

2005 – 2015

Type of project  

TOPO-EUROPE integrates monitoring, imaging, reconstruction and modelling of the interplay between processes controlling continental topography and related natural hazards.

Funding source 

Financial support from the International Lithosphere Programme (ILP), the Academia Europaea, the Klaus Tschira Foundation, the European Science Foundation (ESF), the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), the Eötvös Lorant University Budapest (ELTE), and the Netherlands Research Centre for Integrated Solid Earth Science (ISES). Furthermore TOPO-EUROPE has been selected by ESF as a EUROCORES programme in September 2006.

Contact 

Sierd Cloetingh (sierd.cloetingh_at_falw.vu.nl)

EPOS Relevance 

EPOS infrastructure users

 

Project

TOPOMOD

Investigate and model the origin and evolution of topography of the continents

Running time 

2011 – 2015

Type of project  

TOPOMOD is a training project designed for a team of early-stage and experienced researchers to investigate and model the origin and evolution of topography of the continents over a wide range of spatial and temporal scales.

Funding source 

EC FP7 [FP7/2007-2013] grant 264517

Contact 

Claudio Faccenna (faccenna_at_uniroma3.it)

EPOS Relevance 

EPOS data providers Working Group 6 Analytical and Experimental Laboratories

 

Project

VERCE 

Virtual Earthquake and Seismology Research Community in Europe e-science environment

Running time 

2011 – 2015

Type of project  

VERCE is aiming at providing an e-science environment driven by the needs of the data intensive applications of the earthquake and seismology research community.

Funding source 

European Community's Seventh Framework Programme [FP7/2007-2013] under grant agreement n° 283543

Contact 

Jean-Pierre Vilotte (vilotte_at_ipgp.jussieu.fr)

EPOS Relevance 

The earthquake and seismology research addresses both fundamental problems in understanding Earth's internal wave sources and structures, and augments applications to societal concerns about natural hazards, energy resources, environmental change, and national security. This community is central in the EPOS.

 

Project

VUELCO

Vulcanic Unrest in Europe and Latin America: phenomenology, eruption precursors, hazard forecast, and risk mitigation

Running time 

2011 – 2015

Type of project  

The prime objective of VUELCO is to significantly improve our understanding of the processes behind volcanic unrest and the ability to forecast its outcome aiding decision-making and management in an unrest situation.

Funding source 

European Community's Seventh Framework Programme [FP7/2007-2013]

Contact 

Jo Gottsmann (j.gottsmann_at_bristol.ac.uk)

EPOS Relevance 

WG2.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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