AcceleROB Preparing for the big one(s)

The AcceleROB project aims at deploying 90 low-cost accelerometric stations in Belgium in order to measure the real ground motion whenever a larger-than-usual earthquake will strike. "AcceleROB" is an acronym for "Accelerometric station of the Royal Observatory of Belgium" (Seismology-Gravimetry service). A complete AcceleROB includes: a RaspberryPi microcomputer, a power supply, a network cable, a JoyWarrior Accelerometer and a tripod brick (a clean one, not like on the picture at the right!). This setup allows installing the sensor in basements without the need to leave a computer permanently switched on. The station is low-consumption: less than 3 Watts (7 W with the Devolo) and low-bandwidth: around 365 bytes per second (30MB/day)! Read more...

KARAG Karst Aquifer Research by Geophysics

Karst Aquifer ReseArch by Geophysics (KARAG) project is a research project resulting from the collaboration of 3 belgian institutes (University of Namur, University of Mons and Royal observatory of Belgium), and U. Luxembourg. This 4 years project that started in July 2013 is supported by the Fund for Scientific Research – FNRS from the Wallonia-Brussels Federation. Read more...

SAFE Project

Paleoseismologic trench study of the Geleen fault in Rotem and the Rauw fault in Mol (Belgium). Read more...

Seismic Cycle Marie Curie Excellence Grant

Why do large earthquakes not always occur at regular time interval on a given fault? Present-day physical models on repeating ruptures are poorly constrained and can yield inconsistent predictions. To be able to anticipate future seismic catastrophe, we need to measure and understand the irregularities in the seismic cycle. Read more...