EUROPEAN RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE ON SOLID EARTH

Internal organization

The TCS mission is to provide coordination in between the European NFO, share data and products, promote best practice and define and implement the information and dissemination outreach strategy through the European Plate Observing System (EPOS).


Governance & Legal
The TCS mission is to provide coordination in between the European NFO, share data and products, promote best practice and define and implement the information and dissemination outreach strategy through the European Plate Observing System (EPOS).

Coordination & Strategic activities
Three of the NFO’s operates near plate boundary systems at South Iceland Seismic Zone, the Marmara Sea and the Corinth rift. Two of the zones, Marmara Sea and Corinth, include offshore seismic sources that pose an additional tsunami hazard.



EPOS-IP aims to implement integrated services from a technical, legal, governance and financial point of view. Accordingly, we will establish legal governance for such a young community to ensure a long-term sustainability of the envisaged services including the full adoption of the EPOS data policy.

The NFOs contributing to the TCS are operated by a single national organization or by different national and European organizations. The complexities beyond National Research Infrastructures (NRIs) are managed at the NFOs level. TCS service providers will furnish to the ERIC Letters of Intent (LoI) and Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) formalizing the permit of distributing data and products through the EPOS services, on behalf of the data owners (Suppliers). The NFO-TCS is going toward the formal establishment of a Consortium Agreement (CA) to harmonize and coordinate the community intended as EPOS service providers, data suppliers, current and new NFOs.

 

 

Following the EPOS functional architecture the NFOs are one of the ten Thematic Core Services (TCS), a community-specific integration level. The TCS represent transnational governance frameworks where data and services are provided to answer scientific questions and where each community discusses their specific implementation, best practices and sustainability strategies as well as legal and ethical issues.

TCS NFO will work to establish the legal governance in order to both ensure the long-term sustainability of the data access provision guaranteeing access to data and services.

TCS NFO will establish communication channels for the interaction with the whole NFO community and we will construct communication strategies to coordinate the needed activities to provide services. Strengthen the collaborations with other related EU and global initiatives devoted to the multidisciplinary monitoring and study of active fault zones (such as the GEO Geohazards Supersites initiative, https://www.earthobservations.org

TCS NFO will work to link the NFOs in a single distributed network of multi-parameter observatories with common instrumental and monitoring standards, common protocols for observations and analysis and common data access and distribution channels. Each participating or new NFO will be a node in this distributed network, and users will be able to access all or any of the participating NFOs through the ICS and TCS services, enabling research on the genesis of earthquakes. All nodes will adopt best practices for multidisciplinary data provision, guarantee data preservation and curation of continuous and standardized high-resolution multidisciplinary near-fault data, engage to develop, install and operate new instrumental observation systems (e.g. strain- and tilt-meter; electro-magnetotelluric instruments, geochemical monitoring stations). In turn this task will coordinate all developments for multidisciplinary data and metadata standardization and harmonization, provide the data storage, access and distribution standards including web services covering all the (non seismic and geodetic that will be distributed through the existing services provided by the monothematic TCS) level 0 data at the participating nodes, assist new NFO in their design, installation and inclusion in EPOS, and promote the development of new technologies and methodologies for near-fault observations.