As a member of the ICOS network the station operators have access to special training events and support. Here you find information about the support we offer and training events we are supporting at the moment. For information about previous training events please have a look at the training archive.

Contact: Tobias Steinhoff
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Station support:

sub-standard for DIC/TA
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the capacity of the Dickson lab to provide certifies reference material (CRM) for DIC and alkalinty measurements was severely reduced and a few months ago it has stopped production, with immediate effects on the operational capacity of many marine inorganic carbonate chemistry labs. In that respect ICOS OTC has explored options that will help the community to overcome some of the associated challenges. Together with the group at GEOMAR, the OTC is providnig sub-standard to help teh European community to quasi-reference their measurements.
ICOS OTC/GEOMAR sub-standard

Reference gases
Together with the ICOS flask and calibration lab in Jena, Germany, the OTC is providnig calibrated reference gases for CO2 for the ocean stations. The gases are made with real air and are referenced against the established WMO scale. If a station needs reference gases, please follow the link to the right. This will be also the place to find the referenced CO2 values for all reference gases that are distributed in the ocean network. The gas bottles are 20L aluminum tanks with a DIN14 connection for the gas regulator.
ICOS reference gases
Sensor calibration
The OTC is working on an adequate solution to support the fixed ocean station (FOS) in a similar way as the Ship of Opportunity (SOOP) lines with reference gases. A working group is evaluating possible solutions together with the MSA. In the meantime ICOS OTC is paying one CO2 sensor factory calibration per station and year. To learn about the procedure and get your free calibration, please read the instructions via the link on the right.
Sensor calibration sheet
Station visits/support
Based on the station needs but at least every four years the OCT will organize a station visit. During the visit the possible problems and improvements can be discussed witht the OTC personnel and the OTC gains first hand insight into the stations specific measurements. Furhermore additional tests or installations can be done during a station visit. The OTC is also there to assist with problems that occur during normal operations. If you are intersted in OTC visiting your station or you need assistance with a problem, please use the contact given on the right.


Annual workshops
ICOS OTC is organizing annual workshops about topics that are raised by the station operators. The last workshop took place in November 2020 and will be about data reduction.
Upcoming workshop:
2021, tba
Sumer schools

IOCCP sensor course
ICOS OTC is co-funder of the  bi-annual IOCCP sensor course. The course is designed for early-career scientists to learn to use a suite of ocean biogeochemical sensors, with the goal of closing the knowledge gap between ocean technology and potential end users.
ICOS OTC is co-organizer and can send up to four participants to the course.

Upcoming IOCCP sensor course:
7. - 20. June 2021
Kristineberg, Sweden
SOLAS summer school
ICOS OTC sponsors the SOLAS summer school and will send a lecturer. The SOLAS Summer School series is tailored to multi- and interdisciplinary students and early career marine and atmospheric scientists.
Upcoming SOLAS summer school:
07. - 20. June 2021
Mindelo, Cape Verde
ICOS summer school
ICOS OTC is involved in the bi-annual ICOS summer school "Challenges in measurements of greenhouse gases and their interpretation". The summer school is for early-career scientistst working in the ICOS network. The school handles almost all relevant aspects of Carbon Cycle science in the context of global climate change, organized as lectures and practical exercises.
Upcoming ICOS summer school:
28. October. - 06. November 2020
Hyytiälä, Finland
Postponed to 2021