Research infrastructure

Environmental sciences – planet Earth

Research infrastructure

Environmental sciences – planet Earth

EPOS - European Plate Observing System

EPOS provides data about the solid ground (“everything beneath our feet”), a joint European freely accessible data portal.

It is used for purposes such as understanding how the Earth is constructed, how volcanoes and mountain ranges are formed, how the climate has developed, and also the presence of minerals and other natural resources.

With EPOS, research gains access to uniform and harmonised data that tell us why the Earth looks like it does. The research aims to try to predict future earthquakes, volcano eruptions and landslides. The information and the associated analysis tools that EPOS offers also form the basis for research into natural resources, such as ores and ground water, and various energy resources, such as natural gas and geothermal energy, but also into how these can be extracted with the least negative effect on the environment.

Within EPOS Sverige, seven Swedish universities and public agencies are collaborating to contribute standardised deliveries to the European portal. With the funding of EPOS Sverige, Sweden will apply for membership of the European research infrastructure EPOS-ERIC, which currently has 14 members.

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