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The global emissions of greenhouse gases by human activities have been accelerating continuously since the industrial revolution, making the atmospheric concentration in CO2 exceeding 400ppm in 2017. Maintaining the elevation of the global mean temperature below +2°C, as the parties of the Paris conference commit themselves, implies a reduction in anthropogenic  greenhouse gases emissions by 40 to 70%. An accurate monitoring of the greenhouse gas balance at the global level is urgently needed in order to measure and verify the impacts of policy reduction on the earth climate system.

The ICOS Research Infrastructure is the result of a coordinated action of the scientific community to face this challenge. ICOS includes monitoring networks of the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, oceans and continents, more specifically the carbon dioxide (ecosystems, fossil fuels, cement industry), methane (cattle, natural gas, agriculture) and nitrous oxide (agriculture, fossil fuels, fires).

ICOS includes more than 500 scientists from 17 European countries: it is a key component of the European Roadmap of Research infrastructure and a Super Large Research Instrument (Très Grand Instrument de Recherche – TGIR) of the French national research agenda.


Air pollution, greenhouse gases and COVID-19 crisis: what interactions?

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As part of its monitoring of the Covid-19 epidemic, the Parliamentary Office for the Assessment of Scientific and Technological Choices (opecst) examined a note presented by Mr. Jean-Luc Fugit, MP: "Pollution of the air, greenhouse gases and COVID-19 crisis: what interactions? "

The article is available here (French only)

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ICOS study shows clear reduction in urban CO2 emissions as a result of Covid-19 lockdown

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Integrated Carbon Observation System, ICOS, is the first to release results of a scientific study that shows a large reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in seven European cities during the lockdown caused by the Covid-19 virus. The study is conducted by ICOS ecosystem scientists together with colleagues around Europe.

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Katri Ahlgren
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Thesis proposal

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A thesis proposal in collaboration between INRAE and LSCE on the measurement of CO2 fluxes on large scales is available.

The deadline to apply is June 5.

More information : here

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Spain joins the ICOS network !!

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It is official, Spain has announced its intention to join ICOS, and will propose in 2020 a contribution including 2 Ecosystem stations, 2 Ocean stations and 4 Atmosphere stations.





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