As every year in spring, all people working for ICOS at the Davos station (from ETH Zurich, WSL and Empa) met with the aim to share information, to address any questions, to plan the upcoming field season and to exchange ongoing scientific efforts and results. Usually, this was held as an informal meeting where we also enjoyed meeting each other for lunch or a drink afterwards. As for many other events, we also had to skip this part this year and the meeting was held entirely virtually. We were still happy about the outcome of the meeting, impressed about all the publications in the pipeline and are looking forward to a hopefully successful and nice field season. Let's hope that we can meet in person soon!


ICOS is coordinating an EU H2020 project proposal on developing greenhouse gas measurements in cities. The goal is to demonstrate the ability to integrate complementary measurements systems and methods as well as data.  An open nomination process for a pilot city resulted in seven very high-level applications where Zurich was selected as second tier. We are very excited that a Swiss city was selected to be part of this European effort! Read more here.


The EGU General Assembly 2021, will take place entirely online from 19-30 April 2021. Submit abstracts to vEGU21: Gather Online (#vEGU21) and experience this virtual adventure with the nearly 700 scientific sessions, mentoring and networking events, award ceremonies and lectures and many more activities. 

Consider submitting your abstract to one of the ICOS-CH convened or co-convened sessions:

BG3.18: Bridging understanding of carbon and water fluxes from leaf to continent with observations and simulations. Convener: Mana Gharun | Co-conveners: Arthur Geßler, Rossella Guerrieri, Corinna Rebmann, Benjamin Stocker

GDB5: Bullying in Academia: towards creating a healthy and safe working environment. Convener: Anouk Beniest | Co-conveners: Derya Gürer, Simone M. Pieber, Elenora van Rijsingen

... or to one of the sessions of the ICOS RI community.

Abstract submission is open until 13 January 2021 at 13:00 CET.


The presentation slides from the ICOS Science Conference 2021 are now available online! The conference took place in September as a virtual conference and you can now check out the presentations given from scientists all around the world - from their desks at home or in their offices. 

Also see this video with conference highlights!


In a recent ICOS Science Success Story, Simone Pieber (ICOS-CH Postdoctoral researcher at Empa) tells us about her experiences with Juypter Notebooks. Read the full story here.

Interested in more ICOS Science Success Stories? Check them out here.


Today, the recently published study by Mana Gharun (Postdoctoral researcher at ETH Zurich) and ICOS-CH co-authors was featured in De Standaard. ICOS makes cross-national outreach possible - wonderful!


ICOS-CH was one of the co-hosts of one of the 24 sessions of the Swiss Geoscience Meeting 2020, on 6/7 November, with in total more than 1000 registered participants and 445 submissions.


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 (Postdoctoral researcher at ETH Zurich) 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. 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 (German only).