The Marine ICOS observation network are based on Voluntary Observing Ships (VOS), Fixed Ocean Stations (FOS), Repeat Ocean Sections (ROS), Marine Flux Towers (MFT). Experimental versions of this network have been tested during the EU-funded CARBOOCEAN project and FixO3.
Marine ICOS provides the coordination and support required to expand and maintain the network at the required level in the long-term. This requires the liaison of the different national groups within marine ICOS and work with the shipping industry to identify and agree access to ships and routes. The support of the shipping industry is a major factor in this work as they supply ship time worth many millions of euros if the work had to be done by research ships. Effective knowledge exchange with the shipping industry is achieved through the ICOS Ocean Thematic Centre.
The marine ICOS (ocean MSA) observational network currently builds on the lines and stations in the table below. The latest updates to this table, as well as more information on each line and stations, can be found at the Carbon Portals Station Labelling page. OTC encourage other station owners and PIs to join marine ICOS. Information on how to become a member can be found here.
|France-Brazil Voluntary Observing Ship||VOS||Nathalie Lefèvre||France|
|Nuka Arctica||VOS||Are Olsen||Norway|
|G.O. Sars||VOS||Ingunn Skjelvan||Norway|
|Simon Stevin||VOS||Thanos Gkritzalis||Belgium|
|North Atlantic Voluntary Observing Ship||VOS||Arne Körtzinger; Tobias Steinhoff||Germany|
|North Sea Data and Monitoring Time Series Station||FOS||Thanos Gkritzalis||Belgium|
|Piattaforma Avanzata LabOratorio Mare Adriatico||FOS||Anna Luchetta||Italy|
|Western 1 Mediterranean Moored Multi-sensor Array||FOS||Roberto Bozzano||Italy|
|Cape Verde Ocean Observatory||FOS||Arne Körtzinger; Björn Fiedler; Johannes Karstensen; Tobias Steinhoff||Germany|
|Porcupine Abyssal Plain||FOS||Susan Hartman||UK|
|UK Caribbean||VOS||Andy Watson; Ute Schuster||UK|
|Polarstern||VOS||Mario Hoppema; Steven van Heuven||Germany|
Last updated: 21.03.2017