EGU21-2670, updated on 17 Jul 2023
EGU General Assembly 2021
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The Dutch research infrastructure EPOS-NL: Access to Earth scientific research facilities and data

Ronald Pijnenburg1, Susanne Laumann2, Richard Wessels1, Geertje ter Maat1, Lora Armstrong2, Jarek Bieńkowski3, Otto Lange1, Reinoud Sleeman3, Philip Vardon2, David Bruhn2, Auke Barnhoorn2, André Niemeijer1, Ernst Willingshofer1, Oliver Plümper1, Kees Wapenaar2, Jeannot Trampert1, and Martyn Drury1
Ronald Pijnenburg et al.
  • 1Earth Sciences, Utrecht University, the Netherlands (
  • 2Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands
  • 3Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), the Netherlands

In response to the growing geo-societal challenges of our densely populated planet, current research frequently requires convergence of multiple research disciplines, and optimized use of openly available data, research facilities and funds. Such optimization is the main aim of many research infrastructures developing both at the national and international level. In the Netherlands, the European Plate Observing System – Netherlands (EPOS-NL) was formed, as the Dutch research infrastructure for solid Earth sciences. EPOS-NL aims to further develop world-class facilities for research into georesources and hazards, and to provide international access to these facilities and derived data. It is a partnership between Utrecht University, Delft University of Technology and the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) and is funded by the Dutch Research Council. EPOS-NL facilities include: 1) The Earth Simulation Lab at Utrecht University, 2) The Groningen gas field seismological network and the ORFEUS Data Center at KNMI, 3) The deep geothermal doublet (DAPwell), to be installed on the Delft university campus, and 4) A distributed facility for multi-scale imaging and tomography (MINT), shared between the Utrecht and Delft universities. EPOS-NL provides financial, technical and scientific support for access to these facilities. To get facility access, researchers can apply to a bi-annual call, with 2021 calls planned in Q1 and Q3. EPOS-NL further works with researchers, data centers and industry to provide access to essential data and models (e.g. pertaining to the seismogenic Groningen gas field) within the framework of the European infrastructure EPOS, conforming to FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable) data principles. In that way, EPOS-NL contributes directly to a globally developing trend to make research facilities and data openly accessible to the international community. This supports cost-effective and multi-disciplinary research into the geo-societal challenges faced by our densely populated planet. See for more information.

How to cite: Pijnenburg, R., Laumann, S., Wessels, R., ter Maat, G., Armstrong, L., Bieńkowski, J., Lange, O., Sleeman, R., Vardon, P., Bruhn, D., Barnhoorn, A., Niemeijer, A., Willingshofer, E., Plümper, O., Wapenaar, K., Trampert, J., and Drury, M.: The Dutch research infrastructure EPOS-NL: Access to Earth scientific research facilities and data, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-2670,, 2021.