This morning, a helicopter removed a tree that had fallen during the last storm and was dangerously leaning against the hut and the rope of our EC tower in Davos. Check out two videos of this impressive action here!
Great news! ICOS Switzerland has received funding for the next four years (ICOS-CH Phase 3, 2021-2024). This will ensure the continuation of the ICOS measurements at the two ICOS Class 1 stations Jungfraujoch and Davos and another four years as part of ICOS RI! We are particularly happy about some statements on the long-term measurements by the reviewers: "It is vital to GHG research that long-term datasets such as those in ICOS-CH continue to be maintained and thus should be supported. ... The long term records are the back bone of this research and are absolutely essential to make progress. ... These valuable contributions must be continued by complying with the now established ICOS RI standards, and with a time horizon of 20 years." And don't we love this statement "This is as good as it gets." Thanks!
Tages-Anzeiger science editor Martin Läubli wrote about the findings of the study by Mana Gharun and ICOS-CH co-authors and also highlighted the special issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. The Schweizer Bauer focussed on the conclusions drawn for agriculture based on the study's findings. Also the Bauernzeitung highlighted Mana's article and the direct implications of dry summers on Swiss dairy production. Ingenieur.de covers the article and puts a focus on the need for long-term studies. Read the newspaper features in Tages-Anzeiger, Schweizer Bauer, Bauernzeitung, and Ingenieur.de. (German only).
Today, a synthesis paper on the impact of the 2018 drought in Switzerland by Mana Gharun and other ICOS-CH co-authors was published. It used data from five Swiss FluxNet stations and showed that effects of of the 2018 drought were more severe at lower elevations than at higher elevations in Switzerland. The paper was highlighted in today's ETH News and is part of a set of studies showing how nature and crops in Europe responded to the extremely dry conditions in 2018, published in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. Check out the press release about this special issue here.
The ICOS-CH Annual Meeting took place today, this year as a virtual meeting! Of course, we all missed meeting and chatting during coffee breaks. Nevertheless, we enjoyed a successful day where we received updates from ICOS Switzerland and ICOS RI and listened to highly interesting and up-to-date scientific talks both from the ICOS-CH Ecosystem and Atmosphere community.
The agenda for this year's ICOS-CH Annual Meeting is published. The meeting will be virtual, but nevertheless, we are very much looking forward to meeting you all and to sharing interesting ICOS facts and science stories! Check out the agenda here.
The revised handbook gives a comprehensive overview of ICOS, both for the ICOS community and for external stakeholders. Download the handbook and find out about ICOS, the National Network Switzerland and our Class 1 stations Davos and Jungfraujoch.
Due to Covid-19, the 4th ICOS Science Conference will be organised virtually from Tuesday 15th to Thursday 17th of September 2020. Read more on the conference website...
ICOS-Station PI Mana Gharun could finally send the long awaited picture: The official ICOS Class 1 Label has arrived at its “home” in Davos and is now installed in the hut.
We can now prove: Davos is indeed labelled, the wooden ICOS RI certificate is here!