ICOS Sweden - a research infrastructure for understanding and assessing the greenhouse gas exchanges at different temporal and spatial scales

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Swedish Research Council - Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2010
End date: 31/12/2010
Funding: 76600000 SEK


Atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases such as CO2, CH4 and N2O are constantly increasing and IPCC in their latest assessment conclude that it is very likely that the emissions of greenhouse gases are forcing changes in climate and will continue to do so during the coming decades. Understanding the underlying causes are critical for development of successful solutions. The pan-European infrastructure ICOS (Integrated Carbon Observation System) is designed to provide tools for long-term observation and understanding of the spatio-temporal patterns of sources and sinks of these trace gases. ICOS has been approved and prioritised by the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures. ICOS consists both of a number of geographically distributed research observation stations and of a number of central facilities for support of the measurement stations and for data analyses and distribution. The measurement stations are of two types; ecosystem stations for measurement of exchanges of greenhouse gases between ecosystems and the atmosphere and atmospheric observation stations for measurement of concentrations of greenhouse gases in the well-mixed boundary-layer. This application concerns the building of the observation station network in Sweden consisting of 6 ecosystem stations (3 forest, 1 cropland and 2 mire) and 3 atmospheric stations in north, central and south Sweden, respectively. These stations will, in due time, be fully integrated with the pan-European ICOS.

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