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The global emissions of greenhouse gases by human activities have been accelerating continuously since the industrial revolution, making the atmospheric concentration in CO2 exceeding 400ppm in 2017. Maintaining the elevation of the global mean temperature below +2°C, as the parties of the Paris conference commit themselves, implies a reduction in anthropogenic  greenhouse gases emissions by 40 to 70%. An accurate monitoring of the greenhouse gas balance at the global level is urgently needed in order to measure and verify the impacts of policy reduction on the earth climate system.

The ICOS Research Infrastructure is the result of a coordinated action of the scientific community to face this challenge. ICOS includes monitoring networks of the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, oceans and continents, more specifically the carbon dioxide (ecosystems, fossil fuels, cement industry), methane (cattle, natural gas, agriculture) and nitrous oxide (agriculture, fossil fuels, fires).

ICOS includes more than 500 scientists from 17 European countries: it is a key component of the European Roadmap of Research infrastructure and a Super Large Research Instrument (Très Grand Instrument de Recherche – TGIR) of the French national research agenda.


Final call for proposals to access European multi-disciplinary environmental research platforms.

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The 3rd and final call for proposals to access European multi-disciplinary environmental research platforms had launched by ENVRIplus.

ENVRIplus offers opportunities for free-of-charge transnational access to selected user groups to six research facilities in cross-cutting areas in Europe: ATMOSPHERE, BIO-ECOSPHERE, HYDRO-MARINE, AND SOLID EARTH domain.

Publication date:  15 January 2018
Proposal deadline:  4 March 2018
Access period: 1 May – 31 December 2018

The full Call description, eligibility and application process can be found on ENVRI community platform here

Job opportunities

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The Institute for Atmospheric and Earth system Research (INAR), in the University of Helsinki is looking for an As­sist­ant pro­fessor/​As­so­ci­ate pro­fessor/​Pro­fessor, At­mo­spheric Sci­ences and Phys­ics in Biogeo­chem­ical cycles (ICOS) in Helsinki. The work of the professor is closely connected to ICOS and particularly to ICOS science, i.e. carbon, nitrogen and water cycles and greenhouse gas budgets and perturbations.

There are also three open positions in the research group of Mari Pihlatie, two postdocs and one PhD student to study the role of trees in methane and nitrous oxide exchange of forests. The projects are funded by European Research Council (ERC) starting grant and Helsinki Institute of Life Science (HiLIFE). More info below, or directly from Mari Pihlatie.



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