DTU is one of 34 institutions in 15 countries to contribute the measurements of other greenhouse gases than CO2 in a new EU-funded network, InGOS. The network focuses on providing accurate information on the emissions of methane and nitrous oxide as the basis for a more focused climate action.
In order to make the right decisions regarding climate, access to reliable measurements of greenhouse gas emissions is essential – and not only in terms of CO2 emissions, which attracts the most attention, but also in terms of other gases with similar harmful effects, such as methane and nitrous oxide.
So far, the figures for these greenhouse gases have to a large extend depended on assumptions based on figures for livestock farming, fertiliser consumption etc. Now, a new EU-funded network, InGOS, is to provide reliable measurements of the emissions in the 15 participating countries. Measurements will be carried out from towers, peaks, masts and other relevant points around Europe, and the network will also work with computer models to give an accurate picture of where and how much of other greenhouse gases besides carbon dioxide is being emitted. The aim is to create a better basis for assessing whether the European climate policy is effective.
Measurements from towers, peaks, masts and fields ,
DTU is one among 34 institutions involved in InGOS, and the only Danish one. In this context Risø DTU is going to act as a workshop area in which atmospheric measurements are going to take place from the meteorological mast as well as from the willow field that was established a few years ago with the purpose of assessing the carbon cycle in connection with the cultivation of crops for energy. These measurements will also be used by the network for the comparison of measurement techniques, and during the four-year period of the project, Risø DTU will arrange one or two workshops for members on the methods of measurement and modeling.
Integrated non-CO2 Greenhouse Gas Observing System
The InGOS project runs for four years with a budget of just over 10 million euros. The kick-off meeting was held 21-22 November in Holland where the project's leading institution Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) is located.