Paris, 8 February 2012
RESIF, the French seismologic and geodetic network, was officially launched on Wednesday 8 February at its steering committee's first meeting. Comprising 750 permanent instruments (broadband seismometers, accelerometers, GPS receivers and gravimeters) spread throughout France, with increased coverage in areas with high variability of the subsurface and greater seismicity, the RESIF array seeks to provide a coordinated research response for the understanding of the Earth's deep interior and for the evaluation of natural resources and hazards. The inclusion of 150 new instruments by 2020 (Figure 1) will help this Very Large-Scale Research Infrastructure (TGIR) to correspondingly increase its capacity to provide information on France's subsurface. In addition, mobile geophysical and geodetic instruments will make it possible to collect data for specific purposes in target areas such as France's overseas tropical territories.
With a commitment to developing greater synergy between observations from space and in situ, involving a wide range of disciplines (tectonics, geology, seismology, geotechnics, hydrology, meteorology, geodesy, etc), RESIF will therefore make it possible to:
RESIF's current and planned seismological and geodetic instruments in metropolitan France
By providing immediate access to its data and interoperating with other European centers, RESIF becomes an integral part of the European and worldwide geophysical observation network. It will represent a major French contribution to the European research infrastructure European Plate Observing System (http://www.epos-eu.org/). Data from RESIF will therefore be used by researchers worldwide, since metropolitan France is a typical example of a highly urbanized and industrialized country with significant seismic activity, but few major earthquakes.
RESIF will be set up with funding to the tune of €9.3 million from the Investments for the Future program, which has selected it as a Facility of Excellence.
RESIF website: http://www.resif.fr
1 - Members of RESIF taking part in the steering committee (14)
Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) (coordinator), Bureau des recherches géologiques et minières (BRGM), Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies renouvelables (CEA), Centre national d'études spatiales (CNES), Institut français de recherche pour l'exploitation de la mer (IFREMER), Institut français des sciences et technologies des transports, de l'aménagement et des réseaux (IFSTTAR), Institut national de l'information géographique et forestière (IGN), Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD), Institut de radioprotection et de sûreté nucléaire (IRSN), Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (IPGP), Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur (OCA), Université Joseph Fourier Grenoble I, Université Paul Sabatier Toulouse III, Université de Strasbourg.
Other members of RESIF (6)
Université Blaise Pascal Clermont-Ferrand II, Université de Bretagne Orientale, Université Claude Bernard Lyon I, Université Montpellier 2, Université de Nantes, Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis
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