The European Plate Observing System (EPOS) goals are:


  • to represent a scientific vision and approach in which innovative multidisciplinary research is made possible for a better understanding of the physical processes controlling earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, unrest episodes and tsunamis as well as those driving tectonics and Earth surface dynamics.

  • to establish a long-term plan to facilitate the integrated use of data, models and facilities from existing, and new distributed research infrastructures (RIs), for solid Earth science. The aim is to obtain an efficient and comprehensive multidisciplinary research platform for the Earth sciences in Europe.

  • to adopt an appropriate legal solutions to manage distributed pan European Research Infrastructures, securing on a common and shared data policy the open access and the transparent use of data, and guaranteeing mutual respect of the Intellectual Property Rights.



Consequently, EPOS coordinates distributed existing and new solid Earth RIs within Europe and builds the integrating RI elements. This integration requires a significant coordination between, among others, disciplinary (thematic) communities, national RIs policies and initiatives, and geo- and IT-scientists.


The RIs that EPOS will coordinate include at least, but not only:


  • regionally-distributed geophysical observing systems (seismological and geodetic networks)

  • local observatories (including geomagnetic, permanent in-situ and volcano observatories)

  • experimental & analogue laboratories in Europe

  • integrated satellite data and geological information


EPOS is promoting open access to geophysical and geological data as well as modelling/processing tools, enabling a step change in multidisciplinary scientific research for Earth Sciences.




  • Integrates national and transnational research infrastructures for solid Earth science for a seamless access to pan-European data and services


  • Guarantees open access to multidisciplinary Research Infrastructures

          for cross-disciplinary and transnational research


  • Creates novel e-infrastructure and integrated core services

          for a multidisciplinary community of users


  • Fosters scientific, technological and ICT innovation

          for successfully addressing global Grand Challenges in Earth science


  • Improves geo-hazard assessment, risk mitigation, and sustainable management of georesources

          for a safe and prosperous society



EPOS integrates national and trans-national research infrastructures (RIs) for solid Earth Science in order to provide seamless access to national and European data and services. Its integration plan relies on open access to multidisciplinary RIs, data and products for promoting cross-disciplinary and transnational research and to foster scientific, technological and ICT innovation. The creation of a novel e-infrastructure through the integrated core services (ICS) is dedicated to a multidisciplinary community of scientists and associated stakeholders.


The EPOS progress will be measured through the actual implementation of the services, by the continued and further engagement of stakeholders as well as by the exploitation of products and services for the advancement of basic science, geo-hazards assessment, risk mitigation and a sustainable management of geo-resources. This will in turn represent the EPOS impact on solid Earth Science for successfully addressing global grand challenges in science and fostering a safe and prosperous society.


The EPOS infrastructure will contribute to information, dissemination, education and training. It will provide universities and young scientists with unrestricted on-line access to an enormous wealth of observational data, laboratory experiments, computational software and facilities in solid Earth sciences. The EPOS infrastructure will also facilitate the development of advanced educational material, i.e. e-learning, as its e-infrastructure will be based on global and open standards.


The added value for Europe and the innovation resulting from EPOS's construction consists of:

  • the design of multidisciplinary measurements tailored to particular investigations; 
  • the strengthening of collaborations between dispersed research groups working in the same field incorporating and integrating efforts using different methodologies toward common goals; 

  • joint open software and web applications, which will significantly influence the operational aspects of observatories; 

  • the development of new technologies for particular infrastructures, such as experimental laboratories or in-situ observatories (deep drilling, borehole seismology, ocean bottom seismometers, geochemical data acquisition in faults and volcanoes); 

  • the interconnections with other proposed or currently operating networks and infrastructures in the field of Earth Sciences (such as in Space and Ocean Geophysics).


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