ICOS stations Rollesbroich and Brasschaat awarded for their particular commitment to data quality

The everyday efforts of the scientists at ICOS stations make a big impact on data quality. Two ICOS stations were awarded in May 2024 as the “ICOS Ecosystem Stations of the year.” The purpose of the award was to recognise the efforts made by the individuals in the community and highlight the importance of good cooperation.  

FLUXES, The European Greenhouse Gas Bulletin: MRV - a critical tool for tracking emissions and accelerating climate action

We need to drastically reduce our greenhouse gas emissions to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. The latest issue of FLUXES, The European Greenhouse Gas Bulletin by ICOS, sheds light on an essential tool to help decision-makers assess progress towards a net zero world: science-based Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) systems.

FLUXES Editorial

By Werner Kutsch

Successes and challenges when using MRV

By Maria Luhtaniemi
Key messages
Two EU-funded projects, MRV4SOC and CoCO2, aim to create a solid scientific base for MRV.

MRV4SOC focuses on creating a monitoring system for soil organic carbon. The results will help establish an MRV system for the EU's land use sector.

The CO2MVS, created within the CoCO2 project, monitors human-induced greenhouse gas emissions through ground-based and satellite measurements and computer modelling.

The truth is in the atmosphere

By Maria Luhtaniemi
Key messages
ICOS produces high-quality greenhouse gas data from the atmosphere, ecosystems and oceans from close to 180 measurement stations across Europe.

High-quality observational data can reduce uncertainties in greenhouse gas inventories and increase understanding of natural fluxes.

ICOS' data and expertise are also used to understand the impacts of carbon farming. This information is key in incentivising landowners to engage in more sustainable practices.

The Greenhouse Gas Inventories - calculating country-level emissions

By Charlotta Henry

The Global Greenhouse Gas Watch: Transforming climate change mitigation accountability

By Charlotta Henry
Key messages
The Global Greenhouse Gas Watch is a complex observational network covering almost all Earth domains: land, ocean and atmosphere.

The aim is to provide surface-based and space-based observations on greenhouse gases across the globe.

The system will compile monthly data on greenhouse gas emissions at a 100 km x 100 km grid on a global scale.
It requires a large-scale collaboration between international organisations, government agencies, research institutions, private sector and a variety of initiatives.

A first mock-up of the system will be ready in 2027 and the G3W will be up and running in 2028.