INGOS Atmospheric Data Center

InGOS is an EU funded IA (Integrating Activity) project targeted at improving and extending the European observation capacity for non-CO2 greenhouse gases. The project will run from October 2011 to September 2015. InGOS is coordinated by ECN and involves 34 partners from 15 countries.

There is a big need to support and integrate the observing capacity of Europe on non-CO2greenhouse gases. The emissions of these gases are very uncertain and it is unknown how future climate change will feedback into these (mainly land use coupled) emissions. The infrastructure project will work on standardizing the measurements, strengthen the existing observation sites into supersites, capacity building in new member states, and prepare for integration of the network with other networks already in place or currently being set up (e.g. ICOS). Attribution of source categories by using advanced isotope techniques and data-assimilation methods using high resolution transport model will be an integral part of the network to allow design and evaluation of the measurements and will link the network to remote sensing data and bottom up inventory developments.

Specific objectives of InGOS are:

  • Quality check and harmonize the "historical" NCGHG observations in Europe, Standardize measurements by developing common QC/QA procedures, and prepare for integration with the ICOS infrastructure
  • Provide near-real time access to the atmospheric CH4, N2O, SF6 and H2 data, also preparing for integration with the ICOS infrastructure
  • Provide access to key field stations and installations such as the calibration facilities and aircraft sampling of flux heterogeneity
  • Prepare expansion of the current network with new stations in under sampled regions,
  • Improve analysis methods using innovative techniques and strategies,
  • Attribute source categories by advanced isotope techniques,
  • Apply sophisticated, high-resolution inverse models to analyze the measurements made in InGOS and to support further development of the European NCGHG network,
  • Link remote sensing data to the in situ network including FTIR XCH4 observations,
  • Improve NCGHG flux measurements and link European flux towers to the atmospheric observational network,
  • Stimulate atmospheric science knowledge transfer between experts, and between experts and young scientists,
  • Generate a European non-CO2 GHG observation database, which will be made available to the scientific community and general public via the InGOS Data Centre, in close connection with the ICOS infrastructure methodology and databases.