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Continuous high-precision tall tower observations of greenhouse gases

Continuous high-precision tall tower observations of greenhouse gases

Objective

The CHIOTTO-Infra project objective is to build an improved infrastructure for the continuous monitoring of the concentrations of greenhouse gases on the European continent above the surface layer using existing and new tall towers. This will be an important step towards a fully operational continuous observing system for the sources and sinks of the most important greenhouse gases (CO2, CH4, N2O, CO, SF6) over Europe and form the only independent tool for evaluating policy agreements such as the Kyoto protocol. We will integrate existing flux towers in the vicinity of the tall towers with the atmospheric stations network in a synergetic approach. We will carefully calibrate and monitor the inter-comparability of the concentration measurements between the institutes operating the air sampling networks. Quality controlled atmospheric concentrations. CO2 f1ux and additional meteorological data will be archived in a data centre accessible through the World Wide Web.

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Coordinator

ENERGY RESEARCH CENTRE OF THE NETHERLANDS

Address

Westerduinweg 3
1755 Zg Petten

Netherlands

Administrative Contact

Peter WILSON

Participants (9)

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CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE

France

COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE

France

EOTVOS LORAND UNIVERSITY, BUDAPEST

Hungary

LUND UNIVERSITY

Sweden

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN E.V.

Germany

NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR WATER AND ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH

New Zealand

NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL OF ITALY

Italy

UNIVERSIT DEGLI STUDI DELLA TUSCIA

Italy

UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

United Kingdom

Project information

Grant agreement ID: EVK2-CT-2002-00163

  • Start date

    1 November 2002

  • End date

    30 April 2006

Funded under:

FP5-EESD

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 156 290

  • EU contribution

    € 1 598 024

Coordinated by:

ENERGY RESEARCH CENTRE OF THE NETHERLANDS

Netherlands