Projects

We participate in many external projects which in turn help us to be a cutting-edge research infrastructure.

Projects coordinated by ICOS

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We are taking part in several European and international projects. Read more about the projects we are involved in:

The CO2 Human Emissions (CHE) EU H2020 project explores the development of a European system to monitor human activity related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions across the world. Such capacity is vital to support Europe’s leading role in worldwide action to address climate change.

Website: che-project.eu

The Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) provides consistent and quality-controlled information related to air pollution and health, solar energy, greenhouse gases and climate forcing, everywhere in the world.

Website: atmosphere.copernicus.eu

ENVRI-FAIR is an EU Horizon 2020 project. Its overarching goal is that at the end of this project, all participating ENVRI Research Infrastructures have built a set of FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) data services. Such development will enhance the efficiency and productivity of researchers, support innovation and connect the ENVRI Cluster to the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). Last but not least, it will enable data- and knowledge-based decisions to answer the challenges the Earth and our society are facing.

ICOS, represented by the ERIC and its several partner universities, coordinate project communications and community building activities, leads development of community standards and service catalogue, coordinates the FAIR training activities, and last but not least, co-lead the implementation of ecosystem & biodiversity subdomain working group.

ICOS contact person: Magdalena Brus, magdalena.brus (at) icos-ri.eu

Website: envri-fair.eu

EOSC-hub is an EU H2020 project which contributes to the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) implementation to enable seamless and open access to a system of research data and services provided across nations and multiple disciplines. ICOS forms a competence center on the management of measurement station information together with the eLTER Research Infrastructure.

Website: www.eosc-hub.eu

E-shape is an initiative that brings together decades of public investment in Earth Observation and in cloud capabilities into services for the decision-makers, the citizens, the industry and the researchers.

The role of ICOS in e-shape project is to coordinate Climate pilot 1. Global Carbon and GHG Emissions (GCGE). The purpose of GCCE is to develop services based on Earth Observations and in-situ measurements for terrestrial and ocean domains.

ICOS contact person: Ville Kasurinen, ville.kasurinen (at) icos-ri.eu

Website: e-shape.eu

SEACRIFOG (Supporting EU-African Cooperation on Research Infrastructures for Food Security and Greenhouse Gas Observations) is an EU Horizon 2020 project that aims to design a continental GHG observation network for Africa. By bridging Research Infrastructures in Europe and Africa, it also aims to enhance technical competence, science awareness and lifelong learning in Africa.

ICOS is involved in many work packages related to the technical requirements of the network, the curation of the data and the costs of the whole Research Infrastructure. ICOS also aims to set up a high-level dialog platform gathering African and European major stakeholders who will contribute to the implementation and the sustainability of the observational network proposed in the project.

ICOS contact person: Emmanuel Salmon, emmanuel.salmon (at) icos-ri.eu

Website: www.seacrifog.eu

SITES is a Swedish national infrastructure for terrestrial and limnological field research. It contributes to long-term, field-based ecosystem research by offering an infrastructure and competence to attract and support Swedish as well as international researchers. The data management system, which supports the collection and storing of field data, is developed in parallel with the ICOS data system.

VERIFY is an EU Horizon 2020 project that aims to provide a pre-operational, observation-based system for the monitoring and verification of greenhouse gases.

ICOS contributes to several work packages, e.g. through the Ecosystem Thematic Center for the development of verification methods for terrestrial CO2 sources, the Carbon Portal for the preparation of a prototype for an international GHG monitoring and verification system and sinks and carbon stocks, or through the Head Office to promote the input of VERIFY to international programs and society (like UNFCCC).

ICOS contact person: Emmanuel Salmon, emmanuel.salmon (at) icos-ri.eu

Website: verify.lsce.ipsl.fr

Past projects

 

COOP+ (Cooperation of Research Infrastructures to address global challenges in the environmental field) was an Horizon 2020 project whose general goal was to strengthen the links and coordination of the European RIs related to Marine Science (EMSO), Arctic and Atmospheric Research (EISCAT), Carbon Observation (ICOS) and Biodiversity (LifeWatch) with international counterparts (NEON, TERN, AMISR/SRI, CGSM, OOI, INPA/LBA, IMOS, OCN, AMERIFLUX, etc.) and to leverage international scientific cooperation and data exchange with non-EU countries.

ICOS, represented by University of Helsinki and Finnish Meteorological Institute, was active in several work packages addressing several important questions regarding RIs and their cooperation with US.

The project brought together the Europe’s major research infrastructures in environmental sciences; EISCAT, EPOS, LifeWATCH, EMSO, and ICOS, with parallel research infrastructure projects in the US; the NSF funded projects; AMISR, EARTHSCOPE, DataONE, OOI and NEON. The project developed measurements interoperability, reducing their uncertainty and stimulating future common EU-US research activities.

ENVRI was a project focusing on the implementation of common solutions for a cluster of ESFRI infrastructures in the field of "Environmental Sciences".

ICOS was participating the ENVRI as one case study. ENVRIplus which started in 2015, builded up on the ENVRI project.

Website: envri.eu

ENVRIplus was an EU Horizon 2020 project bringing together Environmental and Earth System Research Infrastructures, projects and networks along with technical specialist partners to create a more coherent, interdisciplinary and interoperable cluster of Environmental Research Infrastructures across Europe. ENVRI-FAIR project (2019–2022) builds on the ENVRIplus project.

ICOS ERIC coordinated this 15M EUR project with 42 partners representing 22 RIs. ICOS ERIC, together with its partner universities also led several WPs and tasks in the project (e.g. development of the white paper proposing the integration of RIs in environmental field, coordination of ENVRIplus project and ENVRI community communications, work on research Infrastructure data identification and citation services, and last but not least, contributed to work on technical solutions for the environmental RIs.

Website: www.envriplus.eu

EOSCpilot supported the first phase in the development of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). The project will improve the ability to reuse data resources and provide an important step towards building a dependable open-data research environment where data from publicly funded research is always open and clear incentives and rewards for the sharing of data and resources exist.

ICOS contributed to the governance, policy and EOSC interoperability work packages.

Website: eoscpilot.eu

EDUAT2020 brought together a unique consortium of e-infrastructure providers, research infrastructure operators, and researchers from a wide range of scientific disciplines under several of the ESFRI themes, working together to address the new data challenge.

Website: www.eudat.eu

The project developed new tools to improve European and global monitoring of greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations and fluxes. It has enabled the provision of GHG data by merging new, in-situ GHG observations and surface remote sensing to validate satellite retrievals and data assimilation results.

The project developed new tools to improve European and global monitoring of greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations and fluxes. It has enabled the provision of GHG data by merging new, in-situ GHG observations and surface remote sensing to validate satellite retrievals and data assimilation results.

European Research Infrastructures in the International Landscape (RISCAPE) was an EU Horizon 2020-funded project to map the international landscape of Research Infrastructures (RIs), in particular in respect to the major European RIs.

ICOS was in charge of the work package dedicated to environmental sciences. With the survey of the major infrastructures and initiatives outside of Europe, ICOS established a description of potential cooperation partners for the European. Some key features common to all RIs or specific to some of them were highlighted. The information gathered will be critical when ICOS engages in new international cooperation opportunities.

 


The complete RISCAPE reports

Website: riscape.eu