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The German ICOS network held its second annual meeting specifically designed for field technicians. After a successful first gathering at Hohes Holz forest site (DE-HoH) in 2022, the field teams had chosen the crop site in Gebesee (DE-Geb) for this year’s meeting in August 2023.

European climate scientists warn against placing too much trust in the ability of nature’s carbon sinks to save us from climate change. This is the message from the European Greenhouse Gas Bulletin ‘FLUXES’, published July 6, 2023 at 13 CEST by the Integrated Carbon Observation System, ICOS.



New data by ICOS confirms that natural carbon sinks such as the ocean and forests are not stable. Climate change makes these sinks more vulnerable, in some cases even turning them into carbon emitters. This compromises current climate targets and action plans.

The increasing amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is causing our climate to warm at an alarming rate. The consequent changes are unprecedented, and difficult to predict due to the complexity of the Earth system. While we know that half of the carbon emissions released to the atmosphere by…

New Sites

Only a steady expansion of the observation network can guarantee the representativeness of our measurements. This year a total of six new sites were therefore added to the ICOS-D network: Three Class 2 sites for the atmospheric observation network (Schauinsland, Westerland, Zugspitze), and three…

COP 25

Of course, ICOS is also represented at the UN Climate Change Conference 2019 (COP25) in Madrid. In addition to lectures and poster contributions, a separate ICOS side event took place on December 4 under the motto "Standardized observations are the base of all climate science". ICOS Director General…

BMBF video

What projects does the Federal Ministry of Education and Research fund in the field of climate change? Among others the German contribution to the ICOS infrastructure! More about this in the video on the website of the BMBF:

IPCC Sonderbericht

The air temperature above land surfaces has risen nearly twice as much since the industrial revolution than the global mean (including land and ocean). Changes in the surface conditions through land-use or climate change can affect the climate on both the regional and global scale. Under all…

The European research infrastructure ICOS creates standardized long-term observations of the greenhouse gas exchange between the atmosphere and terrestrial and marine ecosystems - scientists discuss results from 11th to 14th September 2019 in Prague.


The ICOScapes photo exhibition sensitizes of climate change through photos from ICOS greenhouse gas measuring stations. The photos were taken by the internationally renowned nature and wildlife photographer Konsta Punkka during his station visits in 2017 and 2018. The exhibition shows unique…

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