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One of the partners in the ChEESE consortium is Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV), the largest Italian public research body operating in the field of geophysics whose activities span from fundamental to applied research. The institute plays a role of direct societal relevance by being in charge of both hazard assessment and 24/7 real-time monitoring, early warning and forecasting for various geophysical phenomena. 
ChEESE has been awarded over 90 million core hours to be used towards HPC-related research in tsunamis and earthquakes after winning two separate project access grants.
ChEESE coordinator Arnau Folch was invited to give a presentation due to his close working relationship with Italian institutions such as Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia  and CINECA. His talk, which took place under the Geophysics and physics of the environment session on 18 September 2020 at 15:00, was titled “A computational model for atmospheric transport and deposition of tephra,dust, SO2and radionuclides”. 

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ChEESE tackles the problem of having to work with a large amount of data in one of its work packages, together with the workflow management activity, with the concrete goal of extending and consolidating the use of EUDAT CDI data services among the partners. The choice to use EUDAT CDI data services for Solid Earth was pioneered by EPOS with a pilot project, but with the intention of extending the effort to other EPOS domains and services.

Within the ChEESE Center of Excellence for Exascale in Solid Earth (ChEESE),  the earthquake simulation software SeisSol, one of the 10 ChEESE flagship codes, is being ported to GPU-based supercomputers. First simulations have now been  executed on Marconi100 and Piz Daint, two of the largest European supercomputers.

Jorge Macías is a researcher from the University of Malaga and a member of the Differential Equations, Numerical Analysis and Applications (EDANYA) group. EDANYA is an internationally renowned group in tsunami modelling and the developers of the Tsunami-HySEA code, a software used in predicting the behaviour and effects of tsunamis.

ChEESE partner Alice-Agnes Gabriel, an assistant professor at the Institute of Geophysics at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, has won the Seismological Society of America´s 2020 Charles F. Richter Early Career Award.

A component of ChEESE´s pilot demonstrator on Geomagnetic Forecasts (PD11) comprises the simulation and analysis of geomagnetic reversals, which are exceptional periods in the Earth’s history when the magnetic North becomes South, and vice-versa. This is a process which occurred over the history of the Earth. Over the past 10 million years, there were about four to five such reversals per million years.  The last reversal took place about 780,000 years ago, which indicates that the next one may be overdue.

ChEESE has been awarded almost 110 million core hours to be used towards HPC-related research in earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis after winning 3 Project Access proposals in the 20th PRACE call. The allocated core hours will specifically be used to support several of ChEESE´s Exascale pilot demonstrators on seismic tomography, volcanic ash hazard and forecast and tsunami early warning.

The ChEESE paper "A Microservices Approach for Parallel Applications Design: A Case Study for CFD Simulation in Geoscience Domain" has won the Best Paper Award at the Twelfth International Conference on Advanced Geographic Information Systems, Applications, and Services (GEOProcessing 2020) to be held in Valencia, Spain on 21- 25 November 2020.