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24 March, 2023

Invitation to the EPOS Data Portal launch

After over a decade in the making, the EPOS - European Plate Observing System Data Portal will be officially launched next month and presented at the European Geosciences Union - EGU.

Join us at the event on April 25, 19:00 CET
EGU General Assembly 2023
Room E2 | Austria Center Vienna

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22 March, 2023

World Water Day with a Spotlight on Seismicity - Brazil

José A. S. Fonsêca (Ph.D. student at UFRN / Brazil) says: In Brazil, at the same time it concentrates the largest percentage of drinking water in the world, it is not exempted from geohazards such as induced earthquakes and risks of contamination. For instance, on the one hand triggered events have been already recorded with magnitudes as large as 4.2 mb in the past. On the other hand, in recent years a collapse of a tailing dam caused death of people and severe contamination of a watershed, whose recovery capacity is still a matter of debate. This draws not only attention to facilities stability but also to societal safety, once poorly built buildings are not rare, and the distribution of potable water is not equal. In this regard, the key word is “monitoring”. Once it is not possible to predict any occurrence of disaster, geohazard monitoring plays a paramount importance for intelligent water reservoirs usage. Measurements of humidity, soil vibration, displacements, spatial-temporal analysis, and many other observations help to increase the understanding of the problem, thus mitigating potential threats to society and environmental impacts.

21 March, 2023

World Water Day with a Spotlight on Seismicity - Greece

The critical role of water as a renewable energy source, via the operation of hydroelectric power, attracts also the attention of geohazard analysis due to the triggered seismicity caused by reservoir impoundment. In Greece, there is a number of hydroelectric power plant complexes located around the greatest rivers of the country amounting to about 9% of the total production of the Public Power Corporation, while the artificial lakes provide water for some large cities and support a healthy ecosystem. At the same time, reservoir impoundment is known to trigger seismic responses, usually in the form of weak and moderate magnitude earthquakes, but can be also related to the triggering of strong ones.

In 1966, immediately after the impoundment of the Kremasta lake, a destructive earthquake of M>6.0 occurred, leading to an intense aftershock activity in an area that was seismically active but had not experienced a M6.0 earthquake for over 200 years. Similarly, the reservoir impoundment of three lakes in the Aliakmonas river complex between 1974 and 1985 led to an increase of seismicity, and in 1995, an MS6.6 earthquake occurred about 20 km away from the Polyphyto dam in an area of historically low seismicity rates, that had not experienced such a magnitude for centuries. Both earthquakes led to loss of life and thousands of destroyed or severely damaged houses and infrastructure. Cases like those highlight the fine balance between the benefits of clean hydropower energy and geohazard risk management when working towards a sustainable and environmentally responsible energy future.

Anastasios Kostoglou (Greek)– Research Assistant (IGF – PAS)

24 February, 2023

EPOS Research Infrastructure will reveal its novel Data Portal to the scientific community at the European Geosciences Union - EGU 2023

We are glad to announce that EPOS Research Infrastructure will reveal its novel Data Portal to the scientific community at the European Geosciences Union - EGU 2023.

⏰ Don't miss the EPOS Townhall on April 25 at 19:00 at the Austria Center Vienna and participate to the activities that will take place at the EPOS booth (Exhibition Gallery Green Level 1 - 111/112/113) from April 24 to 28 to experience the Data Portal.

11 February, 2023

International Day of Women & Girls in Science

Fab day of outreach in celebration of International Day of Women & Girls in Science with #NewcastleCommon #appetitestoke Keele Geography, Geology and the Environment and others!

Pics here show induced seismicity education in action (matching Anthropogenic Hazards EPISODES platform graphics to their names and definitions).

10 February, 2023

The next international workshop on AdriaArray will be held in Dubrovnik, Croatia on 3 – 5 April 2023

The workshop is partly supported by ORFEUS & EPOS within the EPOS SP project (Grant Agreement No 871121) and locally organized by the Department of Geophysics, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Science.

The deployment of temporary AdriaArray stations started in June 2022. Since then, about 65% of the planned ca. 400 temporary stations have already been installed. The intention of the workshop is to discuss the status of AdriaArray and to define research topics within the AdriaArray initiative.

Plenary sessions will focus on the geodynamic framework of the central Mediterranean, on methodical challenges, as well as on data access and data quality control. Breakout sessions are planned on seismicity, body wave tomography, ambient noise and surface wave tomography, waveform tomography, receiver functions, seismic anisotropy as well as on creating geodynamic test models.

The meeting will be held at the Centre for Advanced Academic Studies (CAAS) of the University of Zagreb in Dubrovnik (Pile), Don Frana Bulića 4, near Old City.

30 November, 2022

Science at Night

On 25th November, Glenda Jones & Ralf Halama of Keele Geography, Geology and the Environment represented Keele University and Anthropogenic Hazards with their geoscience display at the ‘Science at Night 'event in the The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery.

Interactive stands showcasing rocks, meteorites, an earthquake si'mulator and a geo-resource matching game were all presented alongside lively discussions on critical minerals and earthquakes triggered by human activities.

22 November, 2022

The EPOS ERIC Service Coordination Committee meeting

The #EPOS ERIC Service Coordination Committee is meeting in Rome 🇮🇹, and online, to discuss the sustainability and operational phase of the #ResearchInfrastructure, among other topics. The 11th SSC Meeting takes place today and tomorrow.