COSEISMIQ - COntrol SEISmicity and Manage Induced earthQuakes
2018 – 2021
Partners: Swiss Seismological Service, ETH Zurich - Switzerland, Iceland GeoSurvey (ÍSOR) - Iceland, GeoEnergie Suisse AG - Switzerland, Reykjavik Energie -Iceland, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies -Iceland, GFZ German Research Centre For Geosciences - Germany
Funded by the European Commission – GEOTHERMICA
Coordinator at ÍSOR: Sigríður Kristjánsdóttir, Geophysicist (replacing Þorbjörg Ágústsdóttir, seismologist on leave)
COSEISMIQ brings together a diverse team of leading scientists and experienced operators of geothermal projects from Switzerland, Germany and Iceland. The aim of the project is to improve and validate advanced technologies for monitoring and controlling induced seismicity. Iceland is a testing site for this data-driven, adaptive decision support tool which is being developed for industrial applications. The end goal is to understand how to prevent, reduce and manage large induced earthquakes. This would contribute substantially to the European renewable energy roadmap, which aims to increase the share of renewable energy in a safe way.
The project is organized in four work packages (WPs):
- WP1 Demonstration Case;
- WP2 Microseismic Monitoring and Imaging;
- WP3 Geomechanical Modeling;
- WP4 Risk Assessment and Mitigation. The selected demonstration site for this project is the Hellisheiði- region in Iceland, where two large geothermal power plants are in operation.