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Earth-science infrastructure boosted

The European Plate Observing System, a research infrastructure dedicated to the study of tectonic plates, has been granted the status of European Research Infrastructure Consortium, bolstering its long-term viability.

EPOS is an initiative to link hundreds of Earth-observation infrastructures across Europe, to give researchers access to a bigger data pool. It is intended to boost the study of the physical processes that cause earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis and other geo-hazards.

The initiative was awarded European Research Infrastructure Consortium status by the European Commission on 30 October. This status gives it a stable legal structure as well as benefits such as tax breaks.

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