NEWTON-g at AGU Fall Meeting 2018
Posted on 6 December 2018

Next week, NEWTON-g will be represented at the AGU fall meeting in Washington!
Muquans will give an oral presentation on Friday, December 14th about quantum gravimetry and how it can be used to monitor volcanic activity. We will be hosted by session G013: Gravity Field Determination: Acquisition, Processing, and Geodetic Applications of Terrestrial, Marine, and Airborne Gravity Data (abstract).

A fruitful workshop!
Posted on 12 October 2018

The first workshop of NEWTON-g, held at Potsdam (Germany) on 9 and 10 October 2018, was a really fruitful, interesting and well organized one!
On the 9th, the consortium met in the conference room of GFZ section 2.1 and discussed issues related to the state of advancement of the project, the upcoming deliverables and milestones. The end of the meeting day was devoted to group discussions, focused on particular aspects of the project implementation.
On the 10th, the workshop was hosted at the Bildungsforum in Potsdam, where the project partners met scientists from different institutions. The vision and objectives of the project were thoughtfully presented by the consortium members to the audience of gravity enthusiasts and then a discussion was held on scientific and technical issues related to the implementation of NEWTON-g.
We are grateful to Eleonora and Mehdi (GFZ) for organizing and hosting the workshop and to all the colleagues who joined us on the 10th, for the precious feedback they provided.
The pictures below show Richard (up; UNIGLA-IGR) and Jean (down; MUQUANS) telling us about the beauty of the MEMS and quantum devices in the measuring system proposed by NEWTON-g.

Kick off workshop of NEWTON-g (9 and 10 October 2018 - GFZ, Germany)
Posted on 21 September 2018

The first workshop of NEWTON-g will be held in the facilities of GFZ (Potsdam, Germany), on 9 and 10 October 2018. During the first day, the consortium will discuss internally issues concerning the state of advancement of the project and upcoming deadlines. During the second day (10 October; 09:00 – 15:00), the workshop will be open to participants from outside the consortium. The agenda of the second workshop day can be found here.

Welcome, Mehdi!
Posted on 14 September 2018

On 1 September, Mehdi Nikkhoo has joined the “Magma propagation” research group led by Eleonora Rivalta at GFZ, to work on task 4.3 (Numerical modelling) of NEWTON-g. His task is defining the temporal variations in the gravity field expected at Mt Etna during subsurface mass redistributions linked to magmatic activity. The synthetic signals from the modelling will be at first validated based on the recordings from INGV gravity network, and later applied to interpret the data produced by the NEWTON-g gravity imager.
Mehdi did his M.Sc. studies in geodesy concentrating on regional gravity field modeling and geoid determination through combining satellite gravity models and heterogeneous terrestrial data. He then pursued his Ph.D. research in volcano geodesy with the focus on developing new analytical and numerical techniques for modelling crustal deformations. He has routinely utilized these modelling techniques to constrain the location, geometry and intensity of various magmatic and tectonic processes through inverting the ground deformation signals that they produced (


Etna field trip
Posted on 13 August 2018

On 20 June 2018, a field trip was arranged, involving the project partners and aimed at visiting possible sites on the summit zone of Etna where the “gravity imager” could be installed. In spite of unfavourable weather conditions, it was possible to reach most candidate installation sites (at elevations up to 2600m), thus getting a clear idea of the ambient conditions that the measuring system will have to withstand.


NEWTON-g kick-off meeting
Posted on 13 August 2018

The kick-off meeting of NEWTON-g was held on June 18 and 19, 2018, in the Catania Section (Osservatorio Etneo) of INGV. The main objectives of the meeting were (i) setting the official start of the project, (ii) establishing direct relations among the project partners, (iii) discuss the specific actions to be carried out in the following months, and (iv) providing details on administrative issues. The final agenda of the meeting can be found here.