Delivering solid Earth Science for Norway and Europe

Researchers from CMR are contributing in establishing a Norwegian e-infrastructure to integrate data from the seismological and geodetic networks, as well as data from geological and geophysical data repositories. This work will comprise data integration, development of a web portal and of visualization and processing tools.

09.02.2016 by Gunn Janne Myrseth

Delivering solid Earth Science for Norway and Europe

This picture is taken last week at the kickoff meeting for the EPOS-Norway project in Bergen: From right EPOS Norway project leader Kuvvet Atakan from UiB together with Ove Daae Lampe, Tor Langeland and Jeremy Cook. All three from CMR. (Photo:CMR)

The background is the European Plate Observing System (EPOS), which is an European infrastructure program under ESFRI (European Strategic Forum for Research Infrastructures). The main vision of EPOS is to address the three basic challenges in Earth Sciences:

  • Unravelling the Earth’s deformational processes which are part of the Earth system evolution in time
  • Understanding the geohazards and their implications to society
  • Contributing to the safe and sustainable use of georesources

 

EPOS will integrate existing and new research infrastructures for solid Earth Science in Europe. Examples of such research infrastructures include seismological and geodetic sensor networks and volcanic observatories. 25 countries participate in the project working to build a new advanced e-infrastructure giving researchers easy and open access to data and advanced services like visualization and processing tools. An important goal is to facilitate cross-discipline research.

EPOS has been through a four year Preparatory Phase funded by EU-FP7, and is now in the Implementation Phase with funding from Horizon2020 (total budget 18,2 Million Euro). The University of Bergen (UiB), Department of Earth Science, has been an active partner in the project from the start, and is leading one of the work packages in the Implementation Phase.

The Norwegian National EPOS Consortium was established in 2009 with seven member institutions, CMR being one. The consortium is led by UiB. The consortium has applied the Research Council of Norway for funding for a EPOS-Norway project. A total of 51 Million NOK was granted.

The EPOS-Norway project has four work packages. CMR is responsible for one of these, where the goal is to establish a Norwegian e-infrastructure to integrate data from the seismological and geodetic networks, as well as data from geological and geophysical data repositories. This work will comprise data integration, development of a web portal and of visualization and processing tools. In another work package, the monitoring capacity especially in the arctic area will be strengthened through purchase and installation of new seismological and geodetic instruments in Nordland, on Svalbard, Jan Mayen and Bjørnøya.

The partners in the EPOS Norway project:

  • University of Bergen - GEO-UiB
  • Norwegian Seismic Array (NORSAR)
  • Norwegian Mapping Authority (SK)
  • Norwegian Geological Survey (NGU),
  • Department of Geosciences, Univ. of Oslo (GEO-UiO)
  • Christian Michelsen Research (CMR)