ICOS presents future plans to EC Director-GeneralAs part of his official visit to Finland this week, Robert-Jan Smits, the European Commission Director-General for Research and Innovation, met with the ICOS representatives in Helsinki on Wednesday, May 25, 2016.
Helsinki based ICOS ERIC Head Office had organised this event entitled “Observing the Horizon” in order to present ICOS future plans for supporting the Paris climate agreement with emphasis on the necessity for a science-based carbon observation system that will provide the adequate knowledge to support and verify future global and regional climate change mitigation and adaptation measures.
At the moment there are more than 100 ICOS RI stations in 11 member and observer countries. First GHG measurement stations in the ICOS European network are expected to be labelled and operational in summer 2016. The current challenges of ICOS beyond becoming fully operational are to increase its geographical coverage and the number of participating countries.
The Flask and Calibration Laboratory (FCL) in Jena, managed by the Max-Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, is one of the two central analytical laboratories of the ICOS network. It is dedicated to assure calibrated field measurements, to perform highly accurate measurements of various tracers in air samples and support the quality control of field measurements. The Flask and Calibration Laboratory is also engaged in further method development and improvement.