SHEER - SHale gas Exploration and Exploitation induced Risks - project under Horizon 2020 programme.

Start: 01.05.2015. Duration: 36 months.

The project is carried out in framework of an international consortium of scientific institutions from Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, UK and USA.

consortium members:
  • AMRA - Analysis and Monitoring of Environmental Risk
  • Institute of Geophysics Polish Academy of Sciences (IGF PAS)
  • Helmholtz-Zentrum Potsdam Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum (GFZ),
  • RSKW LTD (RSKW Ltd),
  • UNIVERISITY OF WYOMING (University of Wyoming).



  • WP1 - Project Management and Coordination - Leader: Paolo Capuano (AMRA)
  • WP2 - Compilation of the SHEER Detabase Project Menagement and Coordination - Leader : B. Orlecka - Sikora (IGF PAS)
  • WP3 - On Site Monitoring - Leader: Stanisław Lasocki (IGF PAS)
  • WP4 - Assessment Of Induced Seismity- Leader : Simone Cesca (GFZ)
  • WP5 - Assessment Of Groundwater Chemistry -  Leader : Andrew Gunning (RSKW)
  • WP6 - Assessment of the Air Quality Impact - Leader : Janusz Jarosławski (IGF PAS)
  • WP8 - Guidelines For Best Practice And Dissemination  -  Leader : Rachel Fiona Westwood (Keele)







SHEER final meeting, 26 - 28 of April, 2018, Kraków, Poland.

The official final meeting of SHEER (Shale Gas Exploration and Exploitation Induced Risks) project took place in Kraków, Poland between 26 - 28 of April, 2018. Project was carried out in framework of an international consortium of scientific institutions from Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, UK, USA and Poland. Participants summarized and discussed 3 years of sciene researches in the project. Meeting and discussion led Prof. dr hab. Stanisław Lasocki (Head of Department of Seismology). Photo report of final meeting below.




Second SHEER Annual Meeting, Blackpool

  • On 7th June 2017, second SHEER Annual Meeting took place in Blackpool, UK. Department of Seismology IG PAS was represented by prof. Stanisław Lasocki, prof. Beata Orlecka-Sikora, prof. Henryk Marcak, Ph.D. Konstantinos Leptokaropoulos, Monika Staszek and Annna Lisowska.


SHEER 4 Newsletter





Professor Paolo Gasparini Memorial Day, Napoli

  • On 25th November 2016, Professor Paolo Gasparini Memorial Day took place, following his sad passing  on 28th July 2116. The ceremony was organized in Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II.


SHEER Project - new Coordinator

  • Following the sad passing of prof. Paolo Gasparini, Board of Directors has appointed a new Coordinator of the SHEER Project. The new coordinator will be prof. Paolo Capuano.


European Seismological Commission 2016

  • On 5th-9th September 2016 in Trieste, during 35rd General Assembly of the European Seismological Commission (GA ESC), results of scientific research withing SHEER project were presented 
  • Monika Staszek gave presentation: Static stress drop of induced earthquakes in seismic hazard assessment: Preliminary results from The Geysers geothermal site
  • Ph.D. Kostantinos Leptokaropoulos presented:  Preliminary results for Space-Time Clustering of Seismicity and its Connection to Stimulation Processes, in North-Western Geysers Geothermal Field

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SHEER 3 Newsletter


Prof. Paolo Gasparini

  • It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Prof Paolo Gasparini. His enthusiasm, genuine scientific curiosity, clarity of thought and permanent optimism left an indelible mark on all who was fortunate to meet him and enjoy his friendship. He will be sorely missed.


Ph.D. Grzegorz Lizurek talks to Karolina Głowacka on TOK FM radio about SHEER project

First SHEER Annual meeting, Naples

  • On 7th-9th June, 2016 in Napoli, took place SHEER First Annual Meeting. Department of Seismology IG PAS was represented  by: prof. Beata Orlecka-Sikora, prof. Stanislaw Lasocki, Ph.D. Dorota Olszewska, Ph.D. Grzegorz Lizurek, Monika Staszek and Anna Lisowska. Leaders of WP2 (prof. Beata Orlecka-Sikora) and WP3 (prof. Stanisław Lasocki) lead respective parts of meeting, summarizing all activities within packages.


SHEER 2 Newsletter


SHEER 1 Newsletter




Kick - off meeting of SHEER project 

  • The kick-off meeting of international SHEER (Shale gas Exploration and Exploitation induced Risks) project took place in Cracow on May 5th-7th. The consortium includes partners from Italy, United Kingdom, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands and USA.

    The objective of SHEER is to develop best practices for assessing and mitigating the environmental footprint of shale gas exploration and exploitation. It will develop a probabilistic procedure for assessing short and long-term risks associated with groundwater contamination, air pollution and induced seismicity. An important part of SHEER will be devoted to monitor and understand how far enhanced permeability pattern, which may develop as an unwanted by-product of the fracking processes, will develop both in space and time. SHEER will develop methodologies and procedures to track and model fracture evolution around shale gas exploitation sites and a robust statistically based, multi-parameter methodology to assess environmental impacts and risks across the operational lifecycle of shale gas. The developed methodologies will be applied and tested on a comprehensive database consisting of seismicity, changes of the quality of ground-waters and air, ground deformations, and operational data collected from past case studies.

    All data collected during SHEER project will be integrated within IS-EPOS platform (