|Observatories and Research Facilities for EUropean Seismology|
|Volume 2, no 2||Augus 2000||Orfeus Newsletter|
New EC-project at ORFEUS: MEREDIANMEREDIAN consortium and Torild van Eck1
IntroductionMEREDIAN, an acronym for Mediterranean-European Rapid Earthquake Data Information and Archiving Network, is a 3-year European project co-ordinated within ORFEUS and sponsored by the EC. This project aims at upgrading the ORFEUS related earthquake waveform data infrastructure in Europe and its immediate surroundings. Our specific goal is to provide open, rapid and easy access to a large volume of high-quality earthquake waveform data for research and rap id earthquake analysis.
Key elements are:
Project highlightsA large effort within the project lies on the consortium members, i.e. major national observatories and ORFEUS. This effort should ensure that data is properly archived and, most important, easy and rapidly accessible across border, to other observatories and to the research community. Other parts of the project are concerned with improving data exchange and software development. Therefore, many elements within the project can directly benefit others and be exploited by them. Some of these are summarised below:
Pilot project VSAT. An experiment to retrieve waveform data by listening in to
existing satellite network data transmissions.
How can you benefit, although you do not participate in the project?The MEREDIAN project will be funded within the 5th framework EC program and is a so-called "Support for Research Infrastructure" project. In our case this means a research infrastructure to benefit seismologists throughout Europe and its surroundings. The EC emphasises also the importance of disseminating the project results beyond the consortium members alone. We have therefore chosen a procedure in which the project progress and its development will be monitored within ORFEUS. Consequently, you are invited to participate within the different ORFEUS meetings, working group~Rs etc, as MEREDIAN progress and plans will be discussed there. Also, if you find any interest in the aspects summarised above, please, do not hesitate to contact ORFEUS or any other within the MEREDIAN consortium. As soon as the project has officially started a specific MEREDIAN web site will be created at ORFEUS providing an overview over the project and different on-going activities.
Project specificsEC-PROPOSAL: EVR1-1999-00006
PROJECT CO-ORDINATOR: Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) / Seismological Division: Torild van Eck
MEREDIAN CONSORTIUM (and contacts):
PROJECT START: Autumn 2000