The European Plate Observing System – Netherlands (EPOS-NL) is a Dutch national research infrastructure for solid Earth sciences. EPOS-NL is a cluster of large-scale geophysical facilities for research on georesources. It is a partnership between Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) and Utrecht University (UU) and is funded by NWO, as part of the national roadmap for large-scale research facilities.
EPOS-NL develops innovative research facilities and integrates these with existing, world-class facilities into a coherent infrastructure. This infrastructure makes these research facilities and data available to national and international researchers, with the goal of addressing key geo-societal challenges. These include:
- Exploration for (renewable) geo-energy resources
- Storage of fuels, CO2 and wastewater in the sub-surface, and
- Hazards such as induced or natural earthquakes
Addressing these challenges requires state-of-the-art research tools and a multi-disciplinary approach. This is made possible by EPOS-NL, which provides a framework for integrating a wide variety of research facilities and data.