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Spain has signed up to the Integrated Carbon Observation System (ICOS). This research infrastructure, financed by European countries, measures greenhouse gasses (GHG), such as carbon dioxide, throughout the European continent and adjacent oceans.
The measuring of greenhouse gasses is very important, as excessive quantities of these gasses which heat up the atmosphere stem from the use of fossil fuels, agriculture and other human activities. If this is not halted quickly, climate change will have harsh consequences for nature and mankind.
Spain will gradually add eight measuring stations to the network. Two of these eight stations measure dissolved carbon in adjacent maritime zones; two provide data on carbon exchanges in ecosystems, and four measure greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere. As for all ICOS information, the Spanish data are freely available on the Carbon Portal of ICOS for anyone to use; these data may be used for studying climate change, for example, and its impacts on the Earth and for those living on the planet.
These new stations extend the network of standardised ICOS measurements to the Spanish mainland, the Canary Islands and the Mediterranean Sea, all zones of strategic importance which increase the geographic scope of the network.
“We are delighted …
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