4th ICOS Germany Annual Meeting held in Kiel

The ICOS Germany Annual Meeting 2016 was held at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Kiel from 18th to 20th May 2016. Participants from Germany’s atmospheric, ecosystem and ocean monitoring stations and from the two Central Laboratories of ICOS, as well as representatives of the stakeholders met to discuss the current status of Germany’s national ICOS network and future strategies for greenhouse gas observations.

Participants of the ICOS Germany Annual Meeting 2016 in Kiel (© Jan Steffen, GEOMAR)

With the construction of the stations and laboratories almost completed and the station labelling well under way there was plenty of time for scientific discussions about new data from the stations and laboratories and about the role of the ICOS infrastructure in a European and global context. The presentations can be found here on the ICOS-D homepage. A particular focus was on the cooperation of ICOS ERIC with other international research infrastructures on environmental observations. Remote sensing observations and in situ ground based data as collected by ICOS were identified as complementary parts of a comprehensive strategy to verify GHG emission inventories, which will also need a strong atmospheric inversion modelling and data assimilation component. The stakeholders encouraged the participating scientists to visualise in an easily understandable way what kind of novel information for science and policy ICOS is able to provide as soon as the infrastructure is completed and in operational mode later this year.