The MARsite project proposes to identify the Marmara region as a "Supersite" within European initiatives in order to compile on-shore, off-shore and space-based observations, comprehensive geophysical monitoring, improved hazard and risk assessments encompassed in an integrated set of activities. The project aims to coordinate research groups with different scientific skills (from seismology to engineering to gas geochemistry) in a comprehensive monitoring activity developed both in the Marmara Sea and in the surrounding areas. MARsite is coordinated by the Bogaziçi University, Kandilli Observatory and the Earthquake Research Institute (KOERI), Turkey. The 11 Work Packages deal with Management, Research and Development, Data Integration and Dissemination activities.
The objectives of the project are to achieve long-term hazard monitoring and evaluation by in-situ monitoring of earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, displacements, chemical-radioactive emission and other physical variables and by the use of space-based techniques; to improve existing earthquake early-warning and rapid-response systems; to improve ground shaking and displacement modelling by development of source models; to establish novel borehole observation system in western Marmara; to interact with end users and contribute to the improvement of existing policies and programs on preparedness, risk mitigation and emergency management; and to build on past and on-going European projects by including their contributions to create a better understanding of geohazards.