The official meeting opening project EPOS-PL+ took place at the Central Mining Institute on the 10th of March 2020
The project is part of the largest European programme for earth science research infrastructure development titled EPOS (European Plate Observing System), the purpose of which is to improve the understanding of earthquakes, volcano eruptions and other geohazards, including those related to deposit extraction.
The goal of project EPOS-PL+ is to enhance the functionality of the large-scale research infrastructure developed as part of the EPOS programme. Local Data Centres will be established in Poland for anthropogenic hazards, geomagnetic and magnetotelluric observations, analytical laboratories, global satellite navigation (GNSS) and radiometric data, gravimetric observations, satellite data and seismic testing of the lithosphere. Planned work includes the development of a satellite data bank and an IT platform for research involving the use of artificial intelligence methods with neural networks and high-performance computing.
A new testing ground will also be established at Polska Grupa Górnicza, called the Geophysical Safety System for Mine Support Pillars, which will make it possible to conduct advanced research on rock burst hazards and mine area seismicity with reference to the support pillars of selected mines belonging to Polska Grupa Górnicza. The reason for this is that the project is also meant to promote the cooperation of science and business.
The consortium working on project EPOS-PL+ includes six scientific bodies, namely: GIG – project leader, Institute of Geophysics of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Academic Computer Centre Cyfronet AGH, Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences, Institute of Geological Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Space Research Centre of the Polish Academy of Sciences, and one industrial partner, which is Polska Grupa Górnicza. The project is financed as part of Smart Growth Operational Programme 2014-2020, and it will be accomplished by the 31st of December 2023.