The European contribution to the GEO Supersite initiative (co-organized)
|Convener: Giuseppe Puglisi | Co-Conveners: Freysteinn Sigmundsson , Stefano Salvi , Nurcan Meral Ozel|
The GEO Supersite initiative started in 2007 with the Frascati declaration, in which the Geohazard community recommended to stimulate an international effort to focus on the monitoring and study of selected reference sites, to provide according to GEO principles, open access to relevant datasets, and to foster collaboration between the scientific community and end users. Since then, the GEO Geohazard Supersite initiative (GSNL) promoted investigations of volcanic and earthquake hazards at selected ‘Super sites’ providing access to space-borne and ground-based geophysical data.
Following a call in 2011, the European Union (EU) gave a significant contribution to the implementation of the Supersite initiative by promoting and funding three projects, MARSITE, FUTURVOLC and MED-SUV, for the study of four European Supersites: the Marmara Sea fault zone, in Turkey; the Icelandic volcanic zone, and Mt. Etna and Vesuvius/Campi Flegrei volcanoes, in Italy, respectively.
Aside addressing scientific questions specific of each of the four areas, the three projects cooperate to provide an integrated and robust European contribution to the Supersite initiative via the EPOS-IP project. In particular, the three projects aimed at contributing on relevant issues such as: data management (data collections, storing, sharing, and data policy); implementation of an European e-infrastructure; monitoring and modelling of ground deformations and seismic activity, and hazard evaluation and assessment in collaboration with the decision-maker agencies.
As the three projects are coming to an end, this EGU 2016 Supersite session welcomes contributions based on their final results, including those achieved from activities transversal to the projects. The session will also welcome contributions regarding new Supersite proposals, as well as other initiatives aimed at implementing the Supersite vision in Europe and worldwide.