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Studying the Earth's surface with seismic methods

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Training a new generation of environmental seismologists

Natural processes such as landslides, river flows and glacial movements all transfer energy through the ground in the form of seismic waves. In practice, tracking these seismic signals can help to monitor and predict processes of surface activity to prevent hazards. Known as environmental seismology, this emerging scientific field is in need of trained experts. To introduce a new generation of competent environmental seismologists, the EnvSeis project, funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme, endeavours to train 12 young researchers in seismology and Earth surface sciences. The trainees will use seismic methods to study a vast array of landforms, establishing techniques and software to set standards in seismic monitoring within Europe and beyond.


EnvSeis will train 12 early stage researchers (ESRs) in the emerging field of environmental seismology, in which seismic methods are used to study processes at or near the Earth's surface, such as landsliding, river sediment transport, debris flows, and glacial processes. Seismic techniques allow addressing challenges in the Earth surface sciences that are intractable by traditional observation methods. The capacity of environmental seismology has been proven, and first applications have been published. Yet, most current research in this field is conducted either by seismologists with an interest in Earth surface processes, or by Earth surface scientists who learned basic seismic methods. The DN EnvSeis will fully leverage the potential of environmental seismology by fusing these complementary perspectives. Bringing together 10 leading research groups from 7 countries, EnvSeis will train 12 ESRs in both seismology and Earth surface sciences, to lay the ground for a next strong generation of environmental seismologists. In their projects, the ESRs will address outstanding challenges in natural hazards, hydrology, geomorphology, and ocean sciences, applying seismic techniques to study a broad range of landscapes and their processes, including hillslopes, channels, glaciers, coasts and oceans. They will combine observation, theory and numerical modelling to conduct ground-breaking science, to develop new methods and software, and deliver benchmark data sets. As such, they will set standards for using seismic methods in the Earth surface sciences in Europe and beyond, establishing Europe as the leader in this newly emerging field. Complementary training includes the involvement of stakeholder and media partnerships, experience in organizing conferences and workshops, as well as courses on transferable skills. This will allow the ESRs to acquire a broad range of skills and experience to make them competitive for careers in research, industry, or public administration.


Net EU contribution
€ 521 078,40

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