RINGO project goals and objectives

RINGO project's five principal objectives are scientific, geographical, technological, data as well as political and administrative readiness. RINGO's main goal is to foster the long-term sustainability of the ICOS research infrastucture.

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Five principal objectives

1. Scientific readiness

To support the further consolidation of the observational networks and enhance their quality. This objective is mainly science-guided and will increase the readiness of ICOS RI to be the European pillar in a global observation system on greenhouse gases.

2. Geographical readiness

To enhance ICOS membership and sustainability by supporting interested countries to build a national consortium, to promote ICOS towards the national stakeholders, to receive consultancy e.g. on possibilities to use EU structural fund to build the infrastructure for ICOS observations and also to receive training to improve the readiness of the scientists to work inside ICOS.

3. Technological readiness

To further develop and standardize technologies for greenhouse gas observations necessary to foster new knowledge demands and to account for and contribute to technological advances.

4. Data readiness

To improve data streams towards different user groups, adapting to the developing and dynamic (web) standards.

5. Political and administrative readiness

To deepen the global cooperation of observational infrastructures and with that the common societal impact. Impact is expected on the further development and sustainability of ICOS via scientific, technical and managerial progress and by deepening the integration into global observation and data integration systems.


Each of the five work packages (WP) of RINGO will specifically tackle one aspect of sustainability:

WP 1 activities are focusing on the impact of ICOS in all its facets and new scientific approaches to further deepen it.

In WP 2 managers, stakeholders and scientists from nine countries not yet involved in ICOS will be trained in order to enlarge the membership of ICOS ERIC and increase European coverage.

Further technical developments resulting on the scientific concepts elaborated in WP 1 will be supported in WP 3 and the respective development of the ICOS data life cycle is in the focus of WP 4.

Wires from all previous WPs are connected in WP 5 to an international framework where existing cooperation with global scientific networks and the ICOS involvement in global observations are deepened.

The ambition is to establish ICOS as European pillar of the global in situ system on carbon and GHG resulting from COP 21.


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This project has received funding from the
European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and
innovation programme under grant agreement No 730944.