The EPOS (European Plate Observing System) project aims at creating a pan-European infrastructure for solid Earth science to support a safe and sustainable society.

EPOS will enable innovative multidisciplinary research for a better understanding of the Earth’s physical and chemical processes that control earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, ground instability, tsunami, and all those processes driving tectonics and Earth’s surface dynamics.

Through the integration of research infrastructures and data, EPOS will allow scientists to make a step change in developing new geo-hazards and geo-resources concepts and Earth science applications to help address key societal challenges.

The SHEER and EPOS projects have numerous contact points. In particular, different research activities that are being developed in the framework of SHEER will feed with data and service procedures the EPOS WP14 platform as, for example, for the integration of anthropogenic hazards, the assessment of relations between technical operations and induced seismic/deformation processes, time- and technology-dependent PSHA, and multi-hazard and multi-risk modelling.

The SHEER project addresses the topic LCE-16-2014: Understanding, preventing and mitigating the potential environmental impacts and risks of Shale Gas Exploration and Exploitation.

SHEER will set up a probabilistic methodology to assess and mitigate the short and the long term environmental risks connected to the exploration and exploitation of shale gas.