ICOS Ecosystem Thematic Centre

ICOS (Integrated Carbon Observation System) is a European Research Infrastructure (ESFRI) for quantifying and understanding the greenhouse gas balance of the European continent and of adjacent regions (www.icos-ri.eu). It is organized in three different components (Atmosphere, Ecosystems, Oceans) and each of them is coordinated by a Thematic Centre.

This website host the ICOS Ecosystem Thematic Centre construction phase, providing all the information available and introducing the actual network of sites. The sections available on the top bar menu offer access to the documentation, working groups for protocols and demonstration experiment sites.

The Ecosystem Thematic Centre

The Ecosystem Thematic Centre is hosted in three different countries: Italy (coordinator), Belgium and France. This decision has been taken in order to maximize the knowledge gained in the last decade by different groups in the ecosystem data collection, processing and distribution. The institutions that are part of the ETC are the euroMediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC) and the University of Tuscia in Italy, the University of Antwerp in Belgium and the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) in Bordeaux, France.

The ETC is organized in four main units with specific tasks:

ETC Executive Committee Unit: responsible for the communication and interaction with ICOS ecosystem stations, others Central Facilities and the ICOS Head Office, organizes the ETC operations assessment and reporting.

Data Unit: responsible for the data processing and quality control, development of new exploration and validation tools and providing real time alert services in case of problems in the data received from the ICOS sites.

Test Unit: responsible for the test, evaluation and development of new sensors and new measurement and data processing methodologies also through specific Working Groups open to the scientific community, it is also the interface with instrument manufactures. The Test Unit will also work to organize roving system service for parallel validation measurements at the ICOS sites.

Network Unit: responsible for the network coordination and assistance, organizes training sessions and meetings with the ICOS Ecosystem sites staff, evaluate the performances of the ICOS stations and collect, analyze and store samples of soil and vegetation collected at the sites.

The Units are composed by staff that is located in the different countries and institutions part of the ETC. More information are available in the People and Structure section of the site

The ICOS Ecosystem Network 

The map here below shows the actual proposed network of ICOS Ecosystem sites. The sites indicated with a star are the one participating to the Demonstration Experiment where data collection and submission are tested following the ICOS protocols and methodology.

 
 

News

11 September 2017
FR-Pue started Step ​​2 of labelling

The Puechabon ecosystem site in France (FR-Pue) entered the last labelling phase where the installation of all sensors will be finalized in order to get the ICOS Class 2 status.

31 August 2017
DE-Geb started Step ​​2 of labelling

The Gebesee ecosystem site in Germany (DE-Geb) entered the last labelling phase where the installation of all sensors will be finalized in order to get the ICOS Class 1 status.

18 August 2017
IT-Ren started Step ​​2 of labelling

The Renon ecosystem site in Italy (IT-Ren) entered the last labelling phase where the installation of all sensors will be finalized in order to get the ICOS Class 2 status.

4 July 2017
BE-Vie started Step ​​2 of labelling

The Vielsalm ecosystem site in Belgium (BE-Vie) entered the last labelling phase where the installation of all sensors will be finalized in order to get the ICOS Class 2 status.

30 May 2017
IT-MBo started Step ​​2 of labelling

The Monte Bondone ecosystem site in Italy (IT-MBo) entered the last labelling phase where the installation of all sensors will be finalized in order to get the ICOS Class 2 status.

29 May 2017
FI-Lom started Step ​​2 of labelling

The Lompolojankka ecosystem site in Finland (FI-Lom) entered the last labelling phase where the installation of all sensors will be finalized in order to get the ICOS Class 2 status.

29 May 2017
FI-Sod started Step ​​2 of labelling

The Sodankyla ecosystem site in Finland (FI-Sod) entered the last labelling phase where the installation of all sensors will be finalized in order to get the ICOS Class 1 status.

18 May 2017
IT-Cp2 started Step ​​2 of labelling

The Castelporziano2 ecosystem site in Italy (IT-Cp2) entered the last labelling phase where the installation of all sensors will be finalized in order to get the ICOS Class 1 status.

28-30 March 2017
ETC Team Building Meeting in Italy
ICOS ETC Team Building - Italy, 28-30 March 2017

The ETC members met for three days in Italy, in Campello Alto (PG), to discuss the next activities for this crucial year in ICOS. Nice weather, good food and relaxing atmosphere helped also to strength even more the collaboration among the three countries in building and running the best possible Ecosystem Thematic Centre.

21 March 2017
CZ-Bk1 started Step ​​2 of labelling

The Bily Kriz forest ecosystem site in Czech Republic (CZ-Bk1) entered the last labelling phase where the installation of all sensors will be finalized in order to get the ICOS Class 2 status.

17 March 2017
DE-RuS started Step ​​2 of labelling

The Selhausen Juelich ecosystem site in Germany (DE-RuS) entered the last labelling phase where the installation of all sensors will be finalized in order to get the ICOS Class 1 status.

14 March 2017
FR-Fon started Step ​​2 of labelling

The Fontainebleau-Barbeau ecosystem site in France (FR-Fon) entered the last labelling phase where the installation of all sensors will be finalized in order to get the ICOS Class 1 status.

13 March 2017
DE-HoH started Step ​​2 of labelling

The Hohes Holz ecosystem site in Germany (DE-HoH) entered the last labelling phase where the installation of all sensors will be finalized in order to get the ICOS Class 1 status.

3 March 2017
BE-Lcr started Step ​​2 of labelling

The Lochristi ecosystem site in Belgium (BE-Lcr) entered the last labelling phase where the installation of all sensors will be finalized in order to get the ICOS Class 2 status.

14 - 16 March 2017:
LI-COR Eddy Covariance Workshop (Dublin)

LI-COR Biosciences is providing an Eddy Covariance Training Workshop at the University College Dublin, Ireland on 14 - 16 March 2017. This training class is designed for those new to the Eddy Covariance method.

More information or Register here.

27 February 2017
FI-Sii started Step ​​2 of labelling

The Siikaneva ecosystem site in Finland (FI-Sii) entered the last labelling phase where the installation of all sensors will be finalized in order to get the ICOS Class 2 status.

8 February 2017
SE-Svb started Step ​​2 of labelling

The Svartberget ecosystem site in Sweden (SE-Svb) entered the last labelling phase where the installation of all sensors will be finalized in order to get the ICOS Class 2 status.

8 February 2017
SE-Deg started Step ​​2 of labelling

The Degero ecosystem site in Sweden (SE-Deg) entered the last labelling phase where the installation of all sensors will be finalized in order to get the ICOS Class 2 status.

2 February 2017
FR-Lam started Step ​​2 of labelling

The Lamasquere ecosystem site in France (FR-Lam) entered the last labelling phase where the installation of all sensors will be finalized in order to get the ICOS Class ​1 status.

19 January 2017
SE-Nor started Step ​​2 of labelling

The Norunda ecosystem site in Sweden (SE-Nor) entered the last labelling phase where the installation of all sensors will be finalized in order to get the ICOS Class ​2 status.

13 January 2017
FI-Hyy started Step ​​2 of labelling

The Hyytiälä ecosystem site in Finland (FI-Hyy) entered the last labelling phase where the installation of all sensors will be finalized in order to get the ICOS Class ​1 status.

7 December 2016
SE-Sto started Step ​​2 of labelling

The Stordalen Palsa Bog ecosystem site in Sweden (SE-Sto) entered the last labelling phase where the installation of all sensors will be finalized in order to get the ICOS Class ​2 status.

29 November 2016
BE-Lon started Step ​​2 of labelling

The Lonzee ecosystem site in Belgium (BE-Lon) entered the last labelling phase where the installation of all sensors will be finalized in order to get the ICOS Class ​2 status.

23 November 2016
SE-Htm and SE-Lnn started Step ​​2 of labelling

The Hyltemossa and Lanna ecosystem sites in Sweden (SE-Htm and SE-Lnn) entered the last labelling phase where the installation of all sensors will be finalized in order to get the ICOS Class ​2 status.

17 November 2016
CH-Dav started Step ​​2 of labelling

The Davos ecosystem site in Switzerland (CH-Dav) is the second site to enter the last labelling phase where the installation of all sensors will be finalized in order to get the ICOS Class ​1 status.

4 November 2016
FR-Bil started Step 2 of labelling

The Bilos-Salles ecosystem site in France (FR-Bil) entered the last labelling phase where the installation of all sensors will be finalized in order to get the ICOS Class 2 status.