Understanding of the full picture of the plate dynamics requires a broad integration of data from a wide variety of geological and geophysical observations, both in-situ measurements and satellite observations. In the last decade research we clearly see a move towards this integration of in-situ observations, improvement of data quality and open data access in Europe. This has already lead to significant results and interesting
observations. Still there are significant practical hurdles to overcome optimal and efficient data integration. The European Plate Observing System (EPOS) is a multinational initiative on the roadmap of the European Strategic Forum on Research Infrastructure (ESFRI) that aims at accomplishing integration of observational data in a wide range of space and time and relevant modelling facilities to obtain a better understanding of earthquakes, volcanoes, surface dynamics and tectonics.
In this session we intend to trigger a vision debate on this future EPOS Research Infrastructure. Therefore we invite research papers using multidisciplinary (geophysical) observational data that provide clear conclusions and recommendations on the infrastructure components significant in understanding earthquakes, volcanoes, surface dynamics and tectonics in and around the European plate. We also invite papers addressing the technical aspects of integrating in-situ observations and its relevance to specific research on the dynamics of the European plate. Contributions that integrate marine and space observations are also welcome.