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C3330-19-952056: Development of research infrastructure for the international competitiveness of the Slovenian development of research infrastructure space – RI-SI-EPOS

Project title: Development of research infrastructure for the international competitiveness of the Slovenian development of research infrastructure space – RI-SI-EPOS
Project team UL: Prof. Dr. Bojan Stopar
Assist. Prof. Dr. Miran Kuhar
Assist. Prof. Dr. Polona Pavlovčič Prešeren
Assist. Prof. Dr. Oskar Sterle
Veton Hamza
Klemen Ritlop
Albin Mencin

36 months

1 July 2018 – 31 August 2021

Project code: C3330-19-952056
Lead partner

Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts


Project leader: Dr. Jerneja Fridl






Source of finance:



Key words: research infrastructure integration, data and service provision, open access



​The European Plate Observing System (EPOS) belongs to the field of monitoring and observation of geophysical phenomena in Europe. The EPOS RI-SI research infrastructure will provide innovative approaches to better understand physical processes that cause earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, natural disasters and tsunamis, as well as those that affect tectonic movements and land surface dynamics. Understanding the complex system of the Earth requires an integration of research and observation strategies and infrastructure for multidisciplinary monitoring of geographically dispersed entities.

Slovenia lies at the junction of the Adriatic microplate and Eurasian tectonic plate. Despite existing studies, additional research of this area is required, since it is among the most seismically active regions in Europe and therefore one of the most research-interesting area. Right in the territory of Slovenia is where the orientation of the lithosphere subduction changes. The result of research and development work within TCS10 – GNSS Data and Products will be development of a geokinematic model. Research work will be an important contribution of Slovenia to the international scientific exchange, especially since countries south of Slovenia are currently not members of EPOS. Therefore, the data coverage of the two geodynamically very important areas – the Dinarides and the Pannonian Basin – is very poor. With EPOS RI-SI membership, the importance of the geokinematic model goes beyond the regional framework, as the data will be used on a continental scale in different geodynamics, active tectonics and seismic hazard models.

Main goals

Main goals of project are:

  • long-term monitoring and evaluation of geophysical, geological, geochemical processes in the earth’s crust and in the atmosphere,
  • contribution to a better understanding of natural events and their interactions,
  • densification of the network of observational sensors (in the field of seismology, geodesy and geology),
  • updating and upgrading of existing instruments for all partnership areas,
  • procurement and establishment of inadequate research infrastructure, strategic integration of research capacities into a complementary aggregation, which will ensure research excellence in the domestic and international space.

Project work packages:

EPOS TCS8 – Seismology
EPOS TCS9 – Near-Fault Observatories
EPOS TCS10 – GNSS Data and Products
EPOS TCS15 – Geological Information and Modeling