At the moment, ICOS Station Networks have more than 100 ICOS stations in 12 countries measuring greenhouse gas concentrations.
Ecosystem stations measure fluxes of CO2, CH4, H2O and heat, together with the ecosystem variables needed to understand the processes behind the exchange of energy and greenhouse gases between the ecosystems and the atmosphere.
Atmosphere stations continuously measure greenhouse gas concentrations of CO2, CH44, CO and radiocarbon-CO2 in the atmosphere due to regional and global fluxes.
Ocean stations consist of a network of ships and fixed stations monitoring the carbon exchange between the surface ocean and the atmosphere, along with other variables such as ocean acidification, surface temperature and salinity.
The ICOS Station Networks are coordinated by the ICOS National Networks including 11 European member countries and 1 observer country. The ICOS National Networks will gradually extend as more stations are integrated into ICOS RI.
Each National Network is managed and coordinated by a number of national research institutes.
ICOS Station Networks
ICOS RI has more than 100 measurement stations in twelve European countries. These stations measure greenhouse gas consentrations in the atmosphere and fluxes over the terrestrial and marine ecosystems. The ICOS stations are run and funded by the national funding agencies, institutes and universities demonstrating an impressive joint effort to enable research for climate change.
The map shows the current ICOS stations for atmospheric, ecosystem and ocean measurements in the initial phase.
ICOS RI member countries
ICOS RI currently has eleven members:
- Czech Republic
- United Kingdom
and one observer: