Earth science: Climate monitoring network reaches into Europe

Earth Networks will contribute environmental monitoring technology in regions only sparsely covered by a European climate science consortium.

Earth Networks, the weather technology and services company that is spending $25 million to build out greenhouse gas emissions sensors into a massive climate science tracking platform, has signed up with an organization in Europe.

The deal with ICOS (Integrated Carbon Observation System) represents climates research initiatives from 17 different countries. The companies will work together to determine where Earth Networks' investments will be best focus in that geography to complement existing monitoring sensors. The two will also combine their data collection effort to keep taps on carbon dioxide and methane emissions as the regional, country and urban scale. Earth Networks plans to build out 25 monitoring stations on towers, while ICOS will aggregate information from about 50 different places based on its connections.

In an email, Earth Networks CEO Bob Marshall said:

"ICOS has been extremely welcoming to us by embracing the work we're doing and supporting our vision and goals. It's an exciting opportunity for us to create a public-private partnership and work closely with some of the world's top scientists in climate and greenhouse gas science. One of the aspects that is most exciting is the fact that data from our networks is going to be combined with information from the ICOS sensor network, so together both networks will provide a far great picture of the statement of the atmosphere in Europe today and create a baseline for researchers in the future."

ICOS representative Jean-Daniel Paris, who is from the Laboratoire des Sciences due Climate et de l'Environnement in France, said the relationship with Earth Networks would help cover areas where climate information will be sparse with the ICOS consortium. He said: "With ICOS, scientists from both sides of the Atlantic will have access to new and enhanced atmospheric observations and will therefore be better able to estimate sources and sinks of greenhouse gas emissions."

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