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25 Nov 2015

EC grants ERIC status to Integrated Carbon Observation System

The European Commission (EC) has granted the EU legal status of European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) to the Integrated Carbon Observation System (ICOS) – a greenhouse gas observations facility distributed across Europe. ICOS is the 12th European research infrastructure which is granted ERIC status. The eight ICOS founding members are Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Finland, which is the hosting country. Switzerland is an observer.

The ERIC Regulation entered into force in 2009. It establishes a specific legal form designed to facilitate the joint establishment and operation of research infrastructures of European interest.

ICOS is a pan-European Research Infrastructure which provides harmonised and high-precision scientific data on carbon cycle and greenhouse gas budget and perturbations. It integrates atmosphere, ecosystem and ocean monitoring networks in order to provide the observational basis for a full European carbon balance and its trends. Long-term observations of the greenhouse gas emissions and their regional dynamics provided by ICOS will enable the evaluation of the mitigation activities against climate change.

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