Who are we?
The EVER-EST VRE will be tailored to support the scientific community involved in the Geohazard Supersites and Natural Laboratory (GSNL) initiative of GEO.
GSNL is a voluntary international partnership aiming to improve, through an Open Science approach, geophysical scientific research and geohazard assessment, promoting rapid and effective uptake of the new scientific results for enhanced societal benefits in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).
GSNL is presently focused on seismic and volcanic hazards, and its main objectives are:
- to enable the global scientific community open access to space- and ground-based data, focusing over selected, high risk areas of the world: the Permanent Supersites and the Natural Laboratories;
- to promote advancements in geohazard science over the selected sites;
- to ensure that scientific results are timely used for informed decision-making in DRR activities;
- to innovate technologies, processes, and communication models, enhancing data sharing, global scientific collaboration, and capacity building in geohazard science;
The Supersite community is composed of globally dispersed scientists studying these high risk volcanic or seismic regions (the Supersites and Natural Laboratories). New scientific results are promoted thorough free access to a large quantity of satellite and ground-based data, contributed by the CEOS space agencies and by local monitoring agencies. The local scientific institutions have a lead role at each Supersite, and provide the most efficient communication channel towards the decision-makers.
Supersite communities directly involved in the development of the EVER-EST VRE includes the governing body of the GSNL initiative and the scientific communities at Mt. Etna, Campi Flegrei/Vesuvius, and the Iceland volcanoes. Further Supersite communities will also be involved in the later stages of the project to provide an independent assessment of the EVER-EST virtual research environment.
Why we need EVER-EST