November 24, 2015

Finland to welcome ICOS headquarters

According to the University of Helsinki, Finland has held a key role in the planning of ICOS’s research infrastructure.
According to the University of Helsinki, Finland has held a key role in the planning of ICOS’s research infrastructure.
Sakke Somerma / Visit Helsinki

The European Integrated Carbon Observation System (ICOS) will be headquartered in Helsinki.

The European Commission has made an official decision to establish an European greenhouse gas research system. The new system, called ICOS, will be a key player in establishing the targets for greenhouse gas emission reductions for the entire planet.

ICOS consists of research stations, measurement equipment and data and information systems. The system will provide information for determining atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations, the sources of the emissions and what they bind to. The Finnish partners in the research system are the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI), the University of Helsinki and the University of Eastern Finland.

In the future, the results produced by the system will make it possible to determine how well nationally agreed reductions in greenhouse gas emissions have been achieved. The FMI’s mobile quality assurance laboratory will be used throughout the ICOS network. It will tour Europe’s measurement stations taking comparison measurements to establish precision and improve the development of measurement methods in order to reach emission reduction targets.

ICOS’s headquarters will be established in the Kumpula campus area in Helsinki.

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