EPOS is a long-term plan for the integration of national and transnational Research Infrastructures for solid Earth science in Europe to provide seamless access to data, services and facilities (link http://www.epos-eu.org/.
One of its component is the "Near Fault Observatories" (NFO, Working Group 9) , which includes the Corinth Rift Laboratory (CRL), in the development of which our seismological team is strongly involved.
The specificities of the NFOs is to provide the ground for a multidisciplinary approach to better measure, understand, and model the mechanical processes in active fault zones, over a broad range of time and space scales, for a better modeling of the whole seismic cycle of earthquakes.
It involves seismology, geodesy, tectonics, geology, geophysics, geochemistry, leading to a variety of data bases, data formats,
and, most of all, advanced products resulting from the combined information from all these fields. EPOS is dealing with the integration of such a data base infrastructure, whereas
national programs are expected to support the field infrastructure (instruments, telemetry, data base). In that respect, the support of CRL instrumentation and field work is presently coming from French CNRS, presently through INSU, as CRL has been selected as one of the "Site intrumenté" of INSU.
The role of the seismological team of IPGP in Corinth can be simply described as :
- research: analysis and modeling of the seismic sources and of their space-time activity, and their link to aseismic processes (fluid migration and slow slip).
- management: coordination of CRL, together with ENS, GEOAZUR, and EOST representatives.
- instrumental: deployment of specific instruments (borehole strainmeters)