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Current Projects

Constraining the role of the Amazon in Global Greenhouse Gas Balance and Climate
5/2017 - 12/2020
contact: Susan Trumbore, Jost Lavric, Christoph Gerbig

CO2 Human Emissions
10/2017 - 12/2020
contact: Julia Marshall, Martin Jung
The CO2 Human Emissions project is a European effort to develop a monitoring system for global anthropogenic CO2 emissions as opposed to variability in atmospheric CO2 concentrations that is caused by natural processes in order to enable well-informed decision making for greenhouse gas emission reductions, and to monitor policy effectiveness. It combines space-borne observations, ground-based measurements and Earth system models with national emission inventory data.

Observation-based system for monitoring and verification of greenhouse gases
1/2018 - 12/2021
contact: Martin Jung, Christoph Gerbig
Activities in VERIFY are targeted towards developing a pre-operational system to quantify greenhouse gas emissions (CO2, CH4, N2O) across the EU based on independent observations in support of inventories that rely only on statistical data. It integrates atmospheric measurements, improved emission inventories, ecosystem data, and satellite observations to estimate anthropogenic and natural GHG emissions and sinks, including their attribution to processes and sectors. The projects outputs help to deliver policy-relevant information to track progress of the EU mitigation efforts to meet the targets of the Paris Agreement on Climate.

Coordinated Research in Earth Systems and Climate: Experiments, Knowledge, Dissemination and Outreach
11/2015 - 1/2021
contact: Sönke Zaehle
The CRESCENDO project aims to facilitate a coordinated European contribution to the CMIP6 experiment where the climate change community compares different international climate models to improve our knowledge of the Earth’s climate processes and provide the best possible future climate projections to governments and decision-makers Earth system models are increasingly the primary tools used for estimating the full Earth system response to future emissions of greenhouse gases. Hence it is crucial these models are continually improved in order that more reliable future climate projections can be made.

Permafrost thaw and the changing arctic coast: science for socio-economic adaptation
11/2017 - 10/2022
contact: Mathias Göckede

Integrated Arctic Observation System
12/2016 - 11/2021
contact: Mathias Goeckede

Inverse modeling of GHG fluxes using the CarboScope regional inversion system
4/2012 - 12/2025
contact: Christoph Gerbig

Modelling the effect of silcon and calcium avaibility on the future sustainability of Arctic permafrost carbon pools on laboratory and field experiments
12/2018 - 11/2021
contact: Mathias Göckede

Prototype system for a Copernicus CO2 service
1/2021 - 12/2023
contact: Julia Marshall, Martin Jung

CoCO2 is a European project lead by ECMWF to build a monitoring and verification support capability for global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) related to human activities. The future anthropogenic CO2 emission monitoring and verification support capability will support action on climate change in line with the Paris Agreement. Key CoCO2 requirements are to distinguish emissions related to human activities from other sources of CO2 in the atmosphere; monitoring CO2 emissions from local to global scales; and providing uncertainty estimates.

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