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Future prospects

On basis of experience and by networking HOTSPOT designs new infrastructures which will lead to further steps forward.

The HOTSPOT unmanned observatory station which will be designed based on comparing and testing various methods for following deep subsurface processes in a remote area has the potential to become a significant tool to monitor processes at depth, which can lead to volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. It has the potential of application all over the world.

By preparing existing observational infrastructures on land in and around the North Atlantic Ocean, by opening these to new observations and by making the multidisciplinary data accessible to researchers, HOTSPOT prepares a new step in advancement of earth sciences, the build-up of a geophysical ocean bottom observational network in the area, an achievement which most probably will be carried out in cooperation with other fields of environmental sciences and marine research.

Margret Asgeirsdottir