About ORFEUS Observatories & Research Facilities for European Seismology

Founded in 1987, ORFEUS is the non-profit foundation that aims at coordinating and promoting digital, broadband seismology in the European-Mediterranean area. ORFEUS is funded and governed by Corporate Founders from 16 European countries forming the Board of Directors.

ORFEUS coordinates the archiving of, and access to, earthquake waveform data from seismic stations in the European Mediterranean region through European Integrated Data Archive (EIDA) in Europe. EIDA was founded in 2013 and currently comprises 12 nodes, including the ORFEUS Data Center (ODC). ODC is the regional data center in Europe for networks that are not associated with another (national) EIDA node, and is hosted by the seismological division of the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) in The Netherlands.

ORFEUS coordinated several EC-funded research infrastructure projects, like NERIES (Network of Research Infrastructures for European Seismology) and its successor NERA (Network of European Research Infrastructures for Earthquake Risk Assessment and Mitigation). ORFEUS is one of the most advanced infrastrucures for seismology in Europe and participates in EPOS-IP (European Plate Observing System), the Implementation Phase of EPOS, to establish sustainable and harmonized Seismology Services that provide access to and interaction with seismological data, products, and tools (services) on a European level.

On an international level ORFEUS participates in the International Federation of Digital Seismograph Networks (FDSN). ORFEUS operates under the auspices of the European Seismological Commission and cooperates closely with its sister organization in Europe, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC).

Information about ORFEUS
Structure Organization structure and governance (Board, ExeCom, etc.)
Participation List of the participants and information on how to participate
Projects Current and past EC-projects with ORFEUS participation
Documents Organization documents, reports, workshop documents, etc.
Contact and Staff Contact, addresses, names, and route description