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Integrated Carbon Observing System

Acronym: ICOS
Period: January 2012 till December 2020
Status: Completed
 Institutes | Event 

Institutes (16)  Top | Event 
  • Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ), more
  • Nuclear Energy Commission (CEA), more
  • Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (MPG), more
  • University of Tuscia - Viterbo, more
  • University of Helsinki, more
  • University of Edinburgh, more
  • Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique; Institut National de Science de l'Univers (INSU), more
  • Lund University, more
  • Technical University of Denmark; Risoe National Laboratory (RNL), more
  • Universiteit Antwerpen (UA), more
  • Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), more
  • European Commission Joint Research Center (JRC), more
  • University of Heidelberg, more
  • Centro de Estudios Ambientales del Mediterráneo (CEAM), more
  • CzechGlobe - Global Change Research Centre (CVGZ), more
  • Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule (ETH Zürich), more

ICOS provides the long-term observations required to understand the present state and predict future behaviour of climate, the global carbon cycle and greenhouse gases emissions.

Quick facts:

  • ICOS is on the roadmap of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures.
  • ICOS is in its Preparatory phase (2008-2013), funded by the European Commission under FP7.
  • ICOS is a long term (20+ years) observatory.
  • 17 European research laboratories participate to the Preparatory phase.
  • 17 countries have national focal points to represent their scientific interests.

ICOS mission statement

  • To provide the long-term observations required to understand the present state and predict future behavior of the global carbon cycle and greenhouse gas emissions.
  • To monitor and assess the effectiveness of carbon sequestration and/or greenhouse gases emission reduction activities on global atmospheric composition levels, including attribution of sources and sinks by region and sector.

ICOS tracks carbon fluxes in Europe and adjacent regions by monitoring the ecosystems, the atmosphere and the oceans through integrated networks.

Event  Top | Institutes 
  • 1st ICOS pCO2 instrument intercomparison exercise - POSTPONED, more

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