ICOS (the Integrated Carbon Observation System) is a European Research Infrastructure (RI) identified as part of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) process. It consists of a network of European observing systems operated at member state level and is underpinned by thematic centres (ocean, atmosphere and ecosystem [terrestrial biosphere]) and a centralized administration and database facility in Helsinki. The UK is supporting the Ocean Thematic Centre (OTC) jointly with Norway.

UK ICOS Committee 2022

Tim Arnold

Grant Foster

Sophie Hodgson

Vas Kitidis

Peter Levy

Alastair Lewis

Andrew Manning

Eiko Nemitz

Simon O'Doherty

Ute Schuster

Andrew Watson

Matthew Wilkinson

UK ICOS Programme Management


National Focal Point for UK-ICOS science community: Prof. Andrew Watson, FRS
Specific role: Recognized by the community to be the liaison and communication point between the National Networks, scientists, funding agencies, other stakeholders and ICOS ERIC. 


National Stakeholder for UK ICOS: Professor Douglas Connelly
Specific role: To build up a good relationship between the national government and funding agencies and science community.


ICOS stations

Select a station on the map for more detail.


ICOS Publicity

The revised edition of the ICOS Handbook 2020 is now available.
The ICOS Handbook helps you to understand how we operate - how ICOS is organised, what and how we measure, and what is the role of the Thematic Centres and National Networks. It also describes the technical specifications of stations and the process of becoming a Member. The handbook aims to give a comprehensive overview of ICOS both for the people already within our community, as well as for countries considering membership. The revised edition includes a new chapter on prospective ICOS countries, Poland and Spain.
We hope anyone interested in ICOS will find this handbook useful.

UK-ICOS Handbook 2020