Study reveals how environmental impacts on European ecosystems can be monitored more accurately
Continental ecosystems are going through distinct yet subtle changes due to the global warming, pollution and atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) increase. Namely, the changes in CO2 concentration, air temperature, solar radiation, water vapour, ozone and nitrogen are playing an important role in addition to dramatic events such as fires, drought and heatwaves.
Thanks to the new study by Moreaux, Moisy, Loustau, Josse, Gielen and Papale, the research networks observing the changes in different types of forests in Europe are now able to assess how ongoing measurements could detect subtle changes in forest functioning in terms of network design.
A few research networks are monitoring long-term changes in forests in Europe, such as Integrated Carbon Observation System (ICOS), Long-Term Ecosystem Research in Europe (eLTER), International Co-operative Programme on Assessment and Monitoring of Air Pollution Effects on Forests (ICP Forests), and Analysis and Experimentation on Ecosystems (AnaEE). The sensitivity of their observations is affected by several factors, such as the number of stations within the network, the geographical distribution of the stations, and the duration of the measurements. The study findings help research infrastructures to design their networks more strategically. More strategical design leads to increased accuracy of measurements, adequate size and coverage of the networks, completeness and interoperability within- and between networks.
The study was done within the framework of the European Union Horizon 2020 project RINGO, Readiness of ICOS for Necessities of Integrated Global Observations. The findings were presented at the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) international conference in Brazil in September-October 2019.
You can view the presentation “Optimising in situ networks for the early detection and attribution of environmental effects on European forests” here.
Transfer of knowledge at RINGO Summer School
RINGO Summer School was organised at the CzechGlobe headquarters in Brno, the Czech Republic, in September. The purpose was to transfer knowledge about greenhouse gas research to scientists and PhD students within and outside of ICOS community. Participants from Hungary, Poland, Estonia and Slovakia attended to training on building and operating of an ICOS station, as well as on obtaining and processing of data.
The school included field trainings at Křešín u Pacova atmospheric station and at Lanžhot ecosystem station. The field trips with hands-on training gave a good opportunity to see the ICOS stations in practice. It was also possible to participate to an excursion to CzechGlobe laboratories located in Brno. The participants had time for informal consultation and networking with the CzechGlobe scientific community which boosts the future collaboration.
AirCore campaign visits ICOS Trainou site
International AirCore campaign visited the ICOS Trainou station in France from 10th to 21st of June. The campaign was organised by the Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement (LSCE) and was part of the 'Readiness of ICOS for Necessities of Integrated Global Observations' RINGO project. The AirCore is an atmospheric sampling system (see the picture) that samples the atmosphere and preserve a profile of the trace gas from the middle stratosphere to the ground.
Seven groups from LSCE/LMD, NOAA/ESRL, University of Groningen, Goethe University Frankfurt, University of Bern, Finnish Meteorological Institute, and Forschungszentrum Jülich, with expertise in AirCores participated in the campaign. The aim is to compare the techniques developed by each institute, and to test new measurements or protocols. The two-week campaign completed successfully 30 vertical profiles up to 35 km. In addition to inter-comparisons on CO2, CH4 and CO measurements, the campaign carried out the first measurements of N2O and COS profiles. This is important in order to develop technological innovations such as a system for tracing altitudes by injection of a tracer gas in the AirCore, and compare the in-situ measurements of the 'Atmospheric Measurements by Ultra-Light SpEctrometer' (AMULSE) with three different AirCores.
In addition, the campaign was partly synchronised with the ‘Monitoring of Atmospheric composition and Greenhouse gases through multi-Instruments Campaigns’ MAGIC campaign, involving airborne measurements aboard the 'French Service of Instrumented Aircraft for Environmental Research' (SAFIRE) Falcon, total columns observations and AirCores at Aire-sur-Adour and ICOS Puy de Dôme sites.
ICOS Marine Monitoring Station Assembly
The ICOS Marine Monitoring Station assembly is organised in Southampton, UK, on the 18th March 2019. The assembly will be chaired by Thanos Gkritzalis (VLIZ) and Tobias Steinhoff (GEOMAR), incorporating the annual report of the ICOS Ocean Thematic Centre. Attendance is open to anyone associated with the ICOS Ocean observing network, potential Station PIs and technical staff and observers from the broader ICOS family.
ICOS Ocean Thematic Centre Industry–Science Observing Forum
The first ICOS Ocean Thematic Centre Industry–Science Observing Forum focuses on bringing together the shipping industry and the science community to explore ways in which they can work together to understand global environmental change. The forum will be organised at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) in Southampton, UK, on the 18th March 2019.
The ocean takes up about 25 percent of the carbon released by human processes such as fossil fuel combustion and land use change. However, this net uptake represents the small difference between the two large fluxes, and resolving accurately the ocean uptake of carbon requires large amounts of data from vast areas. Realistically, only the commercial shipping industry has the capacity to support the necessary observing effort and as a consequence our efforts to measure these fluxes continuously are dependent on observing systems hosted by commercial vessels.
The forum will bring together existing industry partners, potential new partners and the science community to celebrate ongoing successes, thank vessel operators and provide opportunity for future partnerships to evolve. The event is open to anyone with an interest in sea surface observing from commercial vessels. The registration is free-of-charge.
ICOS Symposium on the North Atlantic Carbon Cycle
One-day symposium on the North Atlantic and associated marginal seas carbon cycle will be organised on the 19th March 2019 by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) in Southampton, UK, in the framework of the RINGO ('Readiness of ICOS for Necessities of Integrated Global Observations') EU Horizon 2020 project.
The North Atlantic and associated marginal seas (Baltic Sea and Mediterranean Sea), play important role in the global carbon cycle due to their very active solubility, shelf and biological pumps. They also host to a diverse array of observing systems including 'Ship of Opportunity' based pCO2 systems, hydrographic sections, moored arrays, sediment traps, atmospheric samplers and Argo floats. The emerging suggestions point that significant changes are occurring in both circulation and biogeochemistry of these ocean systems.
The one-day symposium is designed to bring together the novel observations to view how the carbon cycle in this critical part of the globe is operating and changing. The symposium welcomes contributions from the areas of models, data, satellites and theory, in particularly those which span methodologies or which synthesise together diverse datastreams.
The event is open for all interested researchers and it is free of charge.
RINGO Annual Meeting 2019
20-22 March 2019
The annual meeting of the project RINGO ('Readiness of ICOS for Necessities of Integrated Global Observations') will be held from Wednesday 20th to Friday 22nd March 2019 at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, UK.
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RINGO Annual Meeting 2018
The annual meeting of the project RINGO ('Readiness of ICOS for Necessities of Integrated Global Observations') will be held in Belgium at the University of Antwerp, in the location of Hof van Liere from Tuesday 20th March until Thursday 22nd March, 2018.
The purpose of the meeting is to enhance and facilitate further progress of the RINGO project. This will be done through pleanaries on topics such as 'increasing the impact and integration of ICOS' and 'enhancing ICOS membership and sustainability'. The meeting will also include breakout workshops as well as presentations and discussions on mid-term reporting and dissemination.
Participation to this event is free of charge.
Are you lost, while trying to seek for the correct information?
The first year of RINGO is coming to an end and during the one-on-one TelCos’ held between the coordinator team and the task leaders, it came into our attention that RINGO is also used as an acronym that refers to Research Infrastructures Needs, Gaps, and Overlaps. It is another EU project which also has been granted the Horizon 2020 funding. It is addressing the issues related to strategic aviation and operate to improve existing and new research infrastructures to meat the goals set for flightpath 2050.
Albeit a bit of quirk of fate ‘O’ referring to “Overlaps”. We the coordinators of the both RINGOs have agreed that it would be best, if we could discover possibilities how this sudden existence of the exactly same acronym could be converted into a positive feature for mutual benefits. Therefore, on behalf of the Readiness of ICOS for Necessities of integrated Global Observations – RINGO coordination teams’ impression is that this has opened a unique opportunity to widen our dissemination scope. Hence, we have agreed to add each others website links to both project websites.
RINGO Kickoff meeting in Heidelberg
21-02-2017 -- 23-02-2017
Location: Kirchhoff Institute for Physics, Heidelberg, Germany
The European Commission funded H2020 project, Readiness of ICOS for Necessities of integrated Global Observations (RINGO) has been officially launched in Heidelberg from 21st to 23rd February 2017.
The Kickoff meeting gathered representatives from number of project partner organisations to discuss the activities, organisation and management of this four-year project, coordinated by ICOS ERIC.
RINGO aims at further development of ICOS Research Infrastructure by focusing on the RI’s scientific, geographical, technological, data-related as well as political and administrative readiness to further strengthen the quality of operations and the level of impact.
RINGO Kickoff meeting agenda
12.30-13.20 Welcome words and introduction of RINGO concept and aims (Werner Kutsch, ICOS DG and RINGO coordinator)
13.20-15.20 The World Café (TWC)
15:45-17:00 Risks of RINGO
9:00-12:00 Work Packages
• 9:00 WP1 (Ingeborg Levin)
• 9:20 WP2 (Jiří Kolman)
• 9:40 WP3 (Timo Vesala)
• 10:00 WP4 (Alex Vermeulen)
• 10:20 WP5 (Eija Juurola)
10:35-12:00 WP6 including project management (tools, platforms, techniques, ECAS protocols, definitions of responsibilities of partners, Evi-Carita Riikonen)
12:45-14:30 Dissemination and Exploitation actions (Gorana Jerkovic)
15:00-17:00 Individual meetings of Work Packages and Tasks
9:00-11:00 RINGO General Assembly meeting (Chair: Werner Kutsch, Rapporteur: Evi-Carita Riikonen)