The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) is providing funding to the tune of €12 million for the expansion of EPOS-NL, a cluster of major observatories, experimental laboratories and a digital infrastructure for research into the European plates of the Earth’s crust, from the kilometre scale to the micro level. Utrecht University is the coordinating centre for this infrastructure. Together with its partners, the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) and Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), Utrecht University contributes to the broader European Plate Observing System (EPOS), a project set up with the purpose of sharing research data on the European plates of the Earth’s crust across the various disciplines, in a quick and reliable way and via open access.
Europe has dozens of research institutes that conduct research based on various disciplines into the evolution and behaviour of the Earth’s crust. The European Plate Observing System (EPOS) is a project that falls within the scope of the European Horizon 2020 programme. It has a dual objective: apart from bringing various disciplines together to make data on the European plates of the Earth’s crust available in an integrated manner for science, industry and society, it facilitates access to specialist research facilities in countries in the EU.