European Plate Observing System Sustainability Phase (EPOS SP)
Duration: February 1st, 2020 – January 31, 2023; Code: 871121 (H2020-INFRADEV-2018-2020/H2020-INFRADEV-20)

The future and security of humankind dwelling on Planet Earth depend on our ability to live and cope with the complex Earth system in all its dimensions. Our ability to monitor the surface and subsurface of the Earth and to forecast catastrophic events and their impacts on society is increasingly pertinent as our society develops. Earth system processes transcend national boundaries and the European Plate Observing System (EPOS) brings the solid Earth networks in Europe into a single distributed research infrastructure. EPOS has been designed with the vision and the mission of creating a pan-European infrastructure for solid Earth science relying on novel e-science concepts to provide virtual access to data and services as well as physical access to facilities for a broad community of users.
The innovation potential of the EPOS infrastructure involves enabling the use of multidisciplinary solid Earth science data, data products and services relying on national research infrastructures distributed across the whole Europe. The overall objective of the EPOS Sustainability Phase (EPOS SP) project is to ensure the long-term sustainability of the EPOS Research Infrastructure. The EPOS SP project is timely in the EPOS RI lifecycle because it will consolidate the long-term operational perspective of EPOS ERIC and the EPOS Delivery Framework. EPOS SP is addressing all aspects of sustainability to tackle the challenge of moving from technical and financial viability to long-term sustainability.

The Slovenian partner, ZRC SAZU is involved in WP2 Governance and Financial Framework (Task 2.1 Engaging National Authorities in EPOS and enlarging the EPOS ERIC membership) and in WP7 Outreach and Training (Task 7.2 Outreach on operation of EPOS services).