For Researchers

ICOS Research Infrastructure (ICOS RI) is organized in three different observational networks: the atmosphere observation network, which is based on measurements conducted on tall towers and mountain stations, will be supplemented by ground-based stations of the ecosystem observation network providing data on GHG exchange rates in all relevant ecosystems. Recordings of GHG balances for the European marginal seas and the North Atlantic are taken continuously using the automatic measurement of the partial pressure difference of CO2 between the oceanic surface water and the atmosphere by means of autonomous measuring devices on commercial vessels and at time-series stations.

ICOS RI is an operative research infrastructure that collects data using standardised methods resulting in high data quality. Station technicians and principal investigators are trained by the Central Facilities and commit to follow the protocols regarding the instrumentation, measurements and data.

Stations pursuing to become part of ICOS RI need to run through station labelling process which takes several months including testing period and training to become familiar with ICOS methodology. Station labeling starts with a formal application that also needs approval by the national government.

A country’s GHG measurement community, for atmosphere, ecosystem and ocean, should be organized as one coherent ICOS National Network and identify a so called Focal Point recognized by the community to be the liaison and communication point between the National Networks, scientists, funding agencies, other stakeholders and ICOS ERIC. Focal Point should build up a good relationship to the national government - in particular the national ESFRI representative.

Inform ICOS ERIC Head Office about your country’s interest in participating ICOS RI and who is your Focal Point.


Tasks of ICOS Focal Points

  • Report to the ICOS Research Infrastructure Committee (RI Committee) and the General Assembly (GA) on the national scientific activities and future plans.
  • Inform National Network on the RI activities, training, events, opportunities etc.


Information on what is needed to become an ICOS station, the measurements, protocols and training, are available at the Thematic Centres.