EUROPEAN RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE ON SOLID EARTH

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TCS Seismology builds on existing (ORFEUS, EMSC, EFEHR) and new (Computational Seismology) European infrastructures to provide services for waveform data, earthquake parametric data and hazard data, and integrate these with the EPOS architecture.



Europe has a long history of destructive earthquakes with Balkan and Mediterranean countries being at higher risk of earthquakes than other areas in Europe. Indeed, in recent times both Turkey and Italy have been affected by such events. In 1999 Izmit (Turkey) was hit by an earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale. The area was devastated and 17,000 people were killed. In 2009, over 300 people lost their lives in L’Aquila in Italy due to a 5.9 magnitude earthquake. The same region was hit by a sequence of devastating earthquakes in October 2017, with two earthquakes having a magnitude of 6.1 and 6.5 respectively. With seismic hotspots across Europe, even a moderate earthquake can have tremendous effects on our environment and economy, especially in densely populated areas hosting critical infrastructures.

Seismology is traditionally a domain where European infrastructures have been developed through cross border collaboration. ORFEUS (Observatories and Research Facilities for European Seismology, established in 1987) coordinates European seismology and provides access to earthquake waveforms. The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC, founded in 1975) determines, and provides access to, the principal parameters (e.g. epicenter, depth, magnitude, focal mechanisms) of major seismic events in the European-Mediterranean area and beyond. EFEHR (European Facilities for Earthquake Hazard & Risk) is designed to provide access to data, models, tools and expertise that is relevant for the assessment of seismic hazard and risk in Europe. Relatively new is the collaboration on a European scale in Computational Seismology towards the development of tools and services for Computational Earth Sciences.

Lead by Florian Haslinger, ETH Zurich, the WP8 “TCS Seismology” in the current EPOS-IP project will improve and extend the existing services in the above infrastructures, producing a single framework which is technically, organizationally and financially integrated with the EPOS architecture. The result will be a set of Seismology services for users such as scientists, engineers, public managers and citizen scientists covering infrastructures, data, products, hazard and information services. “We are benefiting from 25 years of organized seismological services in the European domain. We will harden these services, make them sustainable for the future, improve them and make them ready for integration in the overall EPOS framework.” says Florian.

General contact for EPOS-Seismology: seismology@epos-ip.org

EPOS-IP Coordinator for TCS Seismology: Florian Haslinger (ETH)

Participating organizations in EPOS-IP WP8 "TCS Seismology":
ETH, AUTH, CNRS, CSIC, EMSC, AFAD, EUCENTRE, GFZ, INGV, KNMI, KOERI, LMU, NOA, ORFEUS, UNLIV

Task 8.1 Strategic activities and governance. Leader: ETH
Participants: ORFEUS, EMSC, KNMI, GFZ, INGV

Task 8.2 Coordination and interaction with the community. Leader: ORFEUS
Participants: KNMI, GFZ, INGV, EMSC, ETH

Task 8.3 Interoperability with ICS. Leader: INGV
Participants: EMSC, GFZ, ETH, KNMI, AFAD

Task 8.4 Access to seismological waveforms. Leader: KNMI
Participants: CNRS, ETH, GFZ, INGV, KOERI, CSIC, AFAD, NOA, ORFEUS

Task 8.5 Access to seismological products. Leader: EMSC
Participants: INGV, CNRS, NOA, AFAD

Task 8.6 Earthquake hazard and risk data, products and services. Leader: ETH
Participants: AUTH, EUCENTRE, GFZ, INGV, KOERI, AFAD

Task 8.7 Implementing Computational Seismology tools and services. Leader: UNLIV
Participants: INGV, LMU, CNRS

Task 8.8 Validation of EPOS-­Seismology services. Leader: ETH
Participants: All