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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.


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The Scientific Assembly of ICOS-France

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The summer of 2021 and the series of catastrophic events observed in the Northern Hemisphere (mega fires, floods, heat domes) demonstrate the tangible reality of climate disruption. The ICOS France Open Science Days, organized in Reims from October 12 to 14, 2021, will present the latest research and data on the carbon cycle and on the impacts of rare events.

Four speakers will inaugurate the open presentation sessions that will be organized on October 12 and 13 in Reims. The latest report of the G.I.E.C. Working Group I (Valérie Masson, co-chair), methods for determining surface fluxes (Frédéric Chevallier, L.S.C.E.), carbon in surface waters from source to ocean (Richard Sanders, head of the Ocean thematic center), or the coupling of carbon and nitrogen cycles (Mark Sutton, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology) will be presented.

These days will be organized to minimize its fossil carbon emissions with the involvement of the hotel school of Reims.

The submission of abstracts for oral and poster communications will be closed on September 15. Registration will be closed on September 27.

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Opening of AST 2021 registrations

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The winter heat wave in February 2020, followed by the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions due to COVID 19 lock-down, a new drought and several hot days during last summer, and a new period of near-universal lock-down during the winter of 2021 are unpredictable and historically unprecedented events that affect the atmospheric greenhouse gas budget.

They highlight the critical importance of accurate, distributed, real-time measurements of the surface carbon cycle. The ICOS France research infrastructure, its laboratories and data processing centres, and the network of stations it deploys in the atmosphere, ocean surface waters, and on major types of continental ecosystems, responds well to this challenge today.

The scientific days organized in Reims from October 12th to 14th 2021 will present the latest research developed by ICOS France, new sensors under development or already in use, major projects under development on urbanized ecosystems, the most recent data on the carbon cycle and on the impacts of rare events. They will be sponsored by several international speakers who will shed light on the latest report of the I.G.I.E.C. working group (Valérie Masson, co-chair of Working Group I), methods for determining surface fluxes (Frédéric Chevallier, L.S.C.E.), carbon in surface waters from source to ocean (Richard Sanders, head of the ICOS Ocean thematic center), or the coupling of the carbon and nitrogen cycles (Mark Sutton, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology).

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AST ICOS-France 2021 - Registration opens soon !

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The annual Scientific and Technical Assembly of ICOS-France will take place this year from October 11 to 15, 2021 at Reims.

Registration will be possible from May. The provisional program will also be communicated .

We hope lots of you come !

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Photo report - Barbeau forest station.

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It is in the heart of the forest of Barbeau, in Seine-et-Marne, that a team of scientists from the ESE laboratory has installed for several years a pylon 35 m high, equipped with sensors that allow the exchange of matter (CO2, H2O) and energy between the forest ecosystem and the atmosphere. These sensors also make it possible to observe the state of forest health in a context of climate change.

 Forest of Barbeau, in Seine-et-Marne, seen from a pylon 35 m high.
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Cyril FRESILLON / ESE / ICOS / CNRS Photothèque
 Electrical cabinet at the top of a 35 m pylon allowing automatic measurements, located in the national forest of Barbeau in Seine-et-Marne
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Cyril FRESILLON / ESE / ICOS / CNRS Photothèque

 

Cyril Fresillon, photographer at the CNRS, did a very nice work of photography on the site, during the fall of 2020.

 

All photos can be viewed  here.

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