Access to the Seismic Event, BroadBand and Strong Motion Data of the European Seismologic Station.
Thanks to a unique joint initiative by observatories, research institutes in and around Europe a broad set of seismological data is becoming available. Within NERIES, the seismic portal has been developed as a single point of access to diverse, distributed European datasets, and is now, after an experimental phase, available for general use at www.seismicportal.eu
The portal provides tools to explore and download earthquake information, broadband and accelerometric waveforms, as well as providing access to other NERIES project datasets as they become available. We would like to encourage you to try this out. We welcome your feedback and help us improve this service.
Please note that to use all the portal features, you must register and log in.
- The NERIES Portal Development Team
Our pictures collection tool.
After an earthquake, pictures of the event can be viewed quite easily on the web. But once the event gets old, pictures disappear and can no longer be viewed, a heavy loss for researchers looking for information. SHERPA, Sharing of Earthquake Rupture Pictures Archive, a web application, aims to fill this void. By making available pictures of past earthquakes and sharing resources, it will act as a reference database for scientists.
Citizens and scientists sharing knowledge: towards a new collaboration
Citizens have a major role to play in the collection of scientific data. As the first witnesses of seismic events, they hold a significant scientific knowledge too often overlooked. By involving citizens and using them as a primary source of information, scientists can study the population reaction to seismic events (sociology of risk and risk management), and obtain valuable testimonies on the seismic events themselves. Involving citizens for a better understanding of seismic events and a more efficient protection of societies is what Citizen Seismology is about.
Citizen Science has been acknowledged for many years, but the development of Citizen Seismology itself is very recent. With its many projects involving citizen participation, the EMSC is a driving force in this new area of study: visit our Citizen Seismology website to know more about our projects and plans.
Contribute to Earthquake Intensity Measurement
The EMSC, in conjunction with the University of Edinburgh, has developed an application to take advantage of Apple laptop sudden motion sensors to record shaking and generate felt maps of locally-felt earthquakes. When an earthquake has been felt, the application sends its recorded motion data in to the EMSC. From this, a felt map representing the measured intensity of the shaking across the region is produced. This can help civil authorities identify areas where the most shaking - and therefore the highest probability for damage - has occurred, as well as help seismologists understand the variability of local conditions and site effects. With additional information provided by the user about their building, the gathered information can also help engineers understand the building response to shaking.
The ShakeMapple client application and server systems are complete and are currently being tested. We plan a larger-scale proof-of-concept test this summer and expect to have deployed a small network in earthquake-prone regions by the fall.
SIGMA, for SeIsmic Ground Motion Assessment is a Research and Development programme initiated by EDF
The objective of the programme is to improve knowledge on the data, the methods, and the seismic hazard assessments, in order to better quantify the uncertainties.
The EMSC contribution to the SIGMA project concerns the creation of the RESORCE database, that aims at being a reference seismic ground motion database in Europe for the development and the test of European ground motion prediction models to be used for seismic hazard studies.
This programme is spread into 5 development axis:
- A better knowledge of seismic sources
- A better knowledge of seismic motion – attenuation
- A better attention to site effects
- An improvement of seismic hazards models
- A better motion characterisation and exploitation of seismic motions
Access to the RESORCE database here (weblink to be added)
Virtual Earthquake and seismology Research in Europe Community e-science environment
Earthquake and seismology research addresses fundamental problems in understanding the Earth's internal wave sources and properties, thereby aiding society in the management of natural hazards, energy resources, environmental changes, and national security.
VERCE is supporting this effort by developing a data-intensive e-science environment to enable innovative data analysis and data modelling methods that fully exploit the increasing wealth of open data generated by the observational and monitoring systems of the global seismology community.
VERCE's strategy is to build upon a service-oriented architecture and a data-intensive platform delivering services, workflow tools, and software as a service, and to integrate the distributed European public data and computing infrastructures (GRID, HPC and CLOUD) with private resources and the European integrated data archives of the seismology community.
VERCE is a major contribution to the e-science environment of the European Plate Observing System (EPOS), the ESFRI initiative of the solid Earth community.
Please visit VERCE website to learn more about the project on www.verce.eu
View / Download / Print VERCE in a nutshell here
New Directions in Seismic Hazard Assessment through Focused Earth Observation in the Marmara Supersite
The recent devastating earthquakes and associated tsunamis in Japan, Indonesia, and Haiti, which killed more than half a million people, highlighted how mankind is still far away from a satisfactory level of seismic risk mitigation. Among the regions around the Mediterranean Sea for which earthquakes represent a major threat to their social and economic development, the area around the Marmara Sea, one of the most densely populated parts of Europe, is subjected to a high level of seismic hazard.
For this region the MARSITE project is proposed with the aim of assessing the “state of the art” of seismic risk evaluation and management at European level. This will be the starting point to move a “step forward” towards new concepts of risk mitigation and management by long-term monitoring activities carried out both on land and at sea.
The MARSITE project aims to coordinate research groups with different scientific skills (from seismology to engineering to gas geochemistry) in a comprehensive monitoring activity developed both in the Marmara Sea and in the surrounding urban and country areas. The project plans to coordinate initiatives to collect multidisciplinary data, to be shared, interpreted and merged in consistent theoretical and practical models suitable for the implementation of good practices to move the necessary information to the end users.
Please visit the MARsite website to learn more about the project: http://www.marsite.eu