InGOS is an EU funded Integrating Activity (IA) project, supporting the integration of and access to existing national research infrastructures, targeted at improving and extending the European observation capacity for non-CO2 greenhouse gases.
The project will run from October 2011 to September 2015 and is coordinated by the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) and involves 38 partners from 15 countries.
There is a big need to support and integrate the observing capacity of Europe for non-CO2 greenhouse 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, strengthening 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 the carbon equivalent of InGOS). 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.