EPOS TCS Anthropogenic Hazards - May 2019 Events in Pisa, Italy

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 09:00

In May, 2019, a successful series of TCS-Anthropogenic Hazards events were held in the prestigious Piazzo De Palazzo del Consiglio dei Dodici in Pisa, Italy. Organised by the hosting partners INGV, the events included the final WP14 annual meeting, a consortium meeting and an Anthropogenic Hazards scientific workshop.

On the 7th May, representatives from 11 European institutions gathered for the WP14 annual meeting, where task leaders and representatives from the working groups and eNodes presented a summary and review of the work completed to date including lessons learned. The presentations demonstrated that significant progress had been made since the previous annual meeting with recent notable developments in the IS-EPOS platform applications including new workflow related functionalities such as autorun, seismogram analysis, and new data support and visualisation services (e.g. for gravity monitoring, oil and water production, reservoir pressures and shallow velocity profiles). Partner and consortium plans for the final five months of the project and the future beyond the end of the implementation phase were also discussed. Future eNode plans, for example, include the integration of a US Cotton Valley hydraulic fracturing Episode, the creation of a new eNode in co-operation with the University of Helsinki, future CIBIS system updates and the development of 3D and GIS visualisations. Meeting discussions raised the importance and approaches in maintaining strong stakeholder engagement and strengthening interaction with industry. TCS-AH project co-ordinator Beata Orlecka-Sikora highlighted the need for the preparation and provision of TCS-AH Consortium case studies to demonstrate both the end-user capabilities and the value of the implemented data and services on the platform.

On the 8th May, academic and industrial partners from outside the project joined the WP14 members for a TCS AH Consortium Meeting opened by EPOS-IP Project Co-ordinator Massimo Cocco, who provided an update on the overall project. Following an introduction to the services specifically offered by the TCS-AH and the status of stakeholder engagements, talks from external project partners took place including prospective data and collaborative opportunities from future geothermal energy (Sorgenia), mining (LKAB) and gas storage developments (Edison Stoccaggio SpA). Latter sessions of the meeting focused on the TCS-AH Consortium Agreement with the appointment of a TCS-AH director, board members and the hosting organisation along with user and data provider committees, and an innovation advisory committee to help facilitate future platform developments. Final sessions of the meeting involved a review of the Consortium work programs, contributing parties and roles, with discussions focused on the collaborative support required for a sustainable ERIC.

On the final day (9th May) a TCS-AH scientific workshop was held to show stakeholders the current and emerging data, Episodes and services on the platform and to provide an opportunity to both present novel methods, tools, data or ideas that could be integrated, and  gain stakeholder feedback on the services through a discussion forum. The event saw 40 in attendance with stakeholders from industry (Ramboll, Central Mining Institute (GIG) and Mining Group PGG), the Italian government ministry MISE and academia (The Italian Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics (OGS), the Universities of Vienna, Oulu and Pisa plus representatives from 11 of the WP14 partner universities and institutions).

Keynote speaker Andrea Morelli of INGV delivered an opening lecture on “Monitoring induced Seismicity in Italy” with reference to the Emilia Romagna events sparking early lively discussions at the workshop, followed by 16 presentations. A broad range of platform featured induced seismicity cases associated with water reservoir impoundment, conventional and unconventional hydrocarbon exploitation, mining, CCS and fluid injection were presented along with associated methods and tools for data analysis (e.g. modelling subcritical fracture growth and techniques for dealing with high data rates from continuous real-time data streams). A talk on how the IS-EPOS platform can be used to help prepare a manuscript was also delivered with demonstrations on how the platform’s visualisation tools for focal mechanisms and stress inversion could be used for generating figures. Feedback gained from stakeholders and the final discussion forum proved particularly valuable in the evaluation of the status of TCS-AH Episodes, the platform overall and the exploration of possible new data sets.

Full programme details of the events including the workshop presentation titles showcasing the induced seismicity episodes on the platform, the associated data and tools can be found here.


Text by Glenda Jones.