The FLEX-EPOS project will create a network of hundreds of mobile measuring instruments and more than ten fixed observation stations. This will significantly enhance and improve existing separate networks of geophysical observation instruments. The data is shared by the consortium.
The Academy of Finland granted a total of EUR 2.7 M infrastructure funding for FLEX-EPOS. The project is led by the University of Helsinki and its partners are the Finnish Geospatial Research Institute (FGI) of the National Land Survey of Finland, Aalto University, the University of Turku, the University of Oulu, the Geological Survey of Finland, VTT Technical Research Center of Finland and the Finnish Meteorological Institute.
Improvements in Metsähovi and to the FinnRef network
The FGI part includes improving the time and frequency link of Metsähovi Geodetic Research Station to VTT MIKES national time standards in Otaniemi. This aids the implementation of the new radio telescope at Metsähovi. The radio telescope is under construction.
A part of the permanent GNSS network, FinnRef, will be equipped with SAR radar reflectors. They will be used e.g. to study crustal deformation.
Other geophysical observation instruments will be also installed at the stations, forming a network of national geophysical superstations. The gravity instrumentation of the FGI will be undergoing a major improvement with a new gravimeter.
Funding for international collaboration
The FIN-EPOS consortium also received EUR 395 000 of Academy infrastructure funding. The Consortium is a coalition of institutes involved in the FLEX-EPOS project. It maintains observatories and laboratories for solid-Earth observations and transmits data to international data banks and further to the EPOS data center.
EPOS (European Plate Observing System) is a pan-European geo-scientific research infrastructure to which Finland is currently joining. Through the EPOS portal and web pages, Finnish researchers, students, authorities and citizens have access to extensive multidisciplinary research material. The granted funding includes Finnish EPOS membership fees and project preparation and start-up costs.
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