ICOS and ICOS-nl: what's up?

Meer lezen in het Nederlands? Hoe, wat en waarom van ICOS-nl (pdf).

ICOS is a distributed observation network to monitor the European carbon and net greenhouse gas balance. It consists of a large number of high precision observatories for greenhouse gas concentrations and exchange fluxes all over Europe and central facilities that process and integrate all data. Following the progress of emission reductions and changes in the (semi)natural fluxes of greenhouse gases is essential to improve Earth System science and to evaluate and develop climate change abatement policies.

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View from Cabauw tower over the Netherlands

  • The proposed network in the Netherlands will have unprecedented resolution, needed to handle the complex and intense flux densities in this region. ICOS-nl will test and contribute unique data assimilation tools to provide higher level data products essential to the ICOS stakeholders and society
  • An emission rich and energy intensive region like the Netherlands requires a dedicated and local network of observations and very high resolution modeling. ICOS-nl will provide exactly this.
  • The ICOS products will reduce the uncertainties of current and future emission estimates of greenhouse gases and will allow better design of energy and agricultural systems. Clear visual products showing the development carbon and greenhouse budgets of cities, regions, nations and Europe as a whole will raise public awareness to our responsibility towards a sustainable society and allow early warning for future changes e.g. due to emerging climate change.

Consortium

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A.J. Dolman H.A.J. Meijer A. Hensen W. Peters E.J. Moors
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T. Röckmann F. Bosveld S. Houweling H.J.W. de Baar M. Schaap

News

April 2017 - Media aandacht voor de uitstoot van methaan in Nederland en het klimaatbeleid
Het journalistieke platform de Correspondent meldt op grond van eigen onderzoek dat Nederland aanzienlijk meer van het broeikasgas methaan heeft uitgestoten sinds 1990 dan was aangenomen. De emissie van methaan daalde tussen 1990 en 2015 met 20 procent, veel minder dan het door de overheid gestelde daling van 45%. Lees verder in dit artikel. Ook Trouw heeft hierover gepubliceerd op 18 april 2017. In dat onderzoek is onder meer gesproken met Arjan Hensen, klimaatonderzoeker en meetdeskundige van het ECN. Van de meetmast in Cabauw zijn mooie foto's genomen.

December 2016 - Nederlandse bijdrage aan ICOS-NL opgenomen in de Nationale Roadmap Grootschalige Wetenschappelijke Infrastructuur
De Nederlandse bijdrage aan het Integrated Carbon Observing System (ICOS-NL) is een van de 16 geselecteerde infrastructuren in het techniek domein van de Nationale Roadmap Grootschalige Wetenschappelijke Infrastructuur van NWO. Deze 16 voorgeselecteerde infrastructuren komen in aanmerking voor NWO-financiering voor grootschalige wetenschappelijke faciliteiten. Hiervoor wordt in 2017 een Call uitgebracht met een totale omvang van 45 Miljoen Euro voor de geselecteerde Beta infrastructuren. Lees verder in dit pdf-bestand.

2016 - ICOS European Charter for Access to Research Infrastructures
In the context of the implementation of the European Research Area, this Charter sets out non-regulatory principles and guidelines to be used as a reference when defining Access policies for Research Infrastructures. This Charter promotes Access to Research Infrastructures in order to conduct innovative research and development, to improve the related methods and skills in the workforce and to foster collaboration. Download the charter.

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16 March 2016 - CarbonTracker Europe: New release CTE2015
CarbonTracker, a data assimilation system that tracks CO2 exchange between the atmosphere and the biosphere and oceans, using atmospheric measurements of CO2 concentrations, has been updated with the latest carbon flux estimates from version CTE2015. The model is developed at the Meteorology and Air Quality chair group of Wageningen University in the Netherlands, in collaboration with partners at, among others, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL). Read further on the ICOS RI site.

20 November 2015: ICOS has been established as ERIC by the European Commission and The Netherlands is founding member. read more in the press releases:
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ICOS ERIC and Dutch contribution PRESS RELEASE 20 November 2015

Links

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