EPOS: European Plate Observing System
The European Plate Observing System (EPOS) is the integrated solid Earth Sciences research infrastructure approved by the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) and included in the ESFRI Roadmap in December 2008. EPOS is a long-term integration plan of national existing RIs.
The goal of EPOS is to promote and make possible innovative approaches 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. Integration of the existing national and trans-national RIs will increase access and use of the multidisciplinary data recorded by the solid Earth monitoring networks, acquired in laboratory experiments and/or produced by computational simulations. Establishment of EPOS will foster worldwide interoperability in Earth Sciences and provide services to a broad community of users
EPOS is aimed at a broad stakeholders community including European and Mediterranean countries. We have identified the following stakeholders categories:
Geoscience data providers.
Scientific user community (including Academia).
National research organisations & funding agencies.
Data and services providers and users outside the research community (incl. industry).
Several thousands of researchers in Earth sciences will benefit from the services provided by EPOS, fostering major advances in the understanding of the processes occurring in the dynamic Earth.