ICOS Ecosystem Thematic Centre

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The ICOS National Networks measurements of greenhouse gas fluxes over the continental ecosystems are coordinated by the Ecosystem Thematic Centre (ETC). The ETC coordinates and supports the ICOS Ecosystem network through coordination and training activities. It provides technical assistance to ICOS ecosystem sites and develops and tests new measurement methods and instruments. It also calculates, processes and performs quality control on ICOS ecosystem data. The ETC develops new methods for data processing and manages the ETC database, web pages and tools.

The ETC is coordinated and operated by the Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change (CMCC) in collaboration with the University of Tuscia (UNITUS) in Viterbo, Italy, the University of Antwerp (Research Centre of Excellence on Plant and Vegetation Ecology: PLECO) in Belgium and the National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) in Bordeaux, France.

Structure of the ETC

ETC tasks

Executive Committee unit

Executive Committee unit communicates and interacts with the ICOS community and other Central Facilities. It also organises annual assessments of ETC operations and plans its medium and long-term activities.

Data unit

Data unit collects near-realtime data and metadata, as well as takes care of automatic data quality assistance, quality control and processing. The unit shares, distributes and archives data and develops tools for data exploration and validation. This unit also maintains an alert service in case of data problems and inconsistencies.

Test unit

Test unit evaluates new sensors and prototypes and develops new methods. The unit is responsible for interactions with instrument manufacturers and research centres as well as for roving system management for site validation and parallel measurements.

Network unit

Network unit provides assistance to the ICOS ecosystem stations and evaluation of station performances. The unit organises training sessions for site managers and technicians and forms workgroups for protocol development. This unit also analyses soil and vegetation samples and takes care of their storage.

Contact ETC

Dr Dario Papale
Director of Ecosystem Thematic Centre

DIBAF University of Tuscia, Largo dell’Università - Blocco D
01100 Viterbo
contact-etc (at) lists.icos-ri.eu