European infrastructure to support Earth-science research

The European Plate Observing System EPOS) has been officially launched this week
The European Plate Observing System (EPOS) has been officially launched this week at a ceremony in Rome at the Italian Ministry of Education and Universities and Research.

EPOS is a research infrastructure that will provide a better understanding of the physical processes controlling earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, tectonic movements and other such geo-hazards with potentially grave impact on the environment and the welfare of citizens. The launch was the latest milestone in EPOS. The European Commission granted the legal status of European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) to EPOS on 31st October. This provides the facility with a stable legal structure and administrative advantages to contribute to the long-term sustainability of EPOS.

EPOS will enable scientists to address key scientific and socio–economic questions, including understanding geo–hazards and geo–resource issues and improve our ability to better manage the use of the subsurface of the Earth. BGS will play a key role in achieving this. BGS is one of 46 beneficiaries, representing 23 countries across Europe participating in the project. BGS have been heavily involved since the start and are leading the development of the core services. BGS research will also contribute many of the Thematic Core Service Communities – infrastructures that provide data services to specific communities.

Professor John Ludden, Direct of BGS said: "EPOS will create a unique and world class data infrastructure. BGS leads the core data services of EPOS, thus recognising and enhancing an opportunity for global leadership in Geoscience data systems." When EPOS is complete, a researcher will be able to sit in front of a computer screen and be able to download a great range of earth science data from across Europe, and visualise them in real time in many different ways.


9 November 2018