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In-Situ observations by European Research Infrastructures for Sustainable Development: The ENVRI approach

Tue 30 October from 13:30 to 15:30 in Room C2

Earth observation always is a joint effort between remote sensing measurements by satellites etc. and the fine grained observations by in-situ facilities. ENVRI is the cluster of Environmental Research Infrastructures in Europe which are long term funded to contribute to these vital in-situ measurements of Earth's Environment, stretching out from the deep ocean and solid earth into the highest parts of the atmosphere, measuring life on earth, the state of the atmosphere and oceans and the geophysycal processes that infuence our planet.

In this session, ENVRI wants to demonstrate the relevance and importance of these in-situ data for sustainable development.


  • To highlight the contribution ENVRI can make to Earth Observation efforts and the GEO community, by offering on a sustainable and long term basis, integrated access to in situ data (experimental and monitoring) from all relevant environmental domains;
  • To demonstrate the need to combine this in-situ data with remote sensing data and environmental modeling efforts, to achieve better science and more advanced and innovative services to the public, decision makers and companies.

Moderator: Jacco Konijn

13.30 - 13.40:      Werner Kutch: ' The European Environmental Research Infrastructures - a sustainable in-situ contribution to GEO'

13.40 - 13.50:      Ari Asmi: ' Next steps in the ENVRI community - ENVRI FAIR for FAIR European research infrastructure services'

13.50 - 14.20:      Jean-Noël Thépaut: 'Copernicus: Collaboration opportunities and observational requirements to increase the value of the Services'

14.20 - 14.50:      Pekka Kolmonen: ' Volcanic eruptions - a major challenge for the detection and determination of ash particles'

14.50 - 15.20:      Bob Crabtree: ' Developing a regional model for Decision-Support in Yellowstone: Integration of in situ observations with airborne and spaceborne remote sensing'

15.20 - 15.30:      Closing remarks, comments, discussion

Presenter bio's

Dr. Werner Kutsch is Director General of ICOS since March 2014. He is biologist, plant ecologist and ecosystem scientist by education and has worked on ecosystem carbon cycling for 25 years in Europe and Africa. The focus of his work has been for a long time in the comparison of ecosystems after land use change and integrating complex landscapes. He has worked at the Ecosystem Research Centre of University of Kiel, at CSIR in Pretoria, at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena and at Thünen, the Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries in Braunschweig.

ICOS is an ESFRI Landmark Research Infrastructure and a legal entity (ERIC) since November 2015. As Director General, Dr. Kutsch is the legal representative and overall coordinator of the Research Infrastructure and currently managing the final internal integration of ICOS. This work comprises internal organisation of the operations of the distributed observational networks and central facilities, on optimizing the internal data flow between the different observational programs of ICOS, on developing the data platform of ICOS (‘Carbon Portal’) which will also serve as an interface to COPERNICUS and GEOSS, and on deepening the cooperation with other RIs. Dr. Kutsch is experienced in data acquisition, post-processing, data analysis and modeling of ecosystem carbon budgets. Integrating ICOS-internal data streams and fostering usage of ICOS RI data for GHG modeling are some of his main goals for the next years. Furthermore, he is very interested in further developing data citation systems.

He is responsible for the external representation of ICOS ERIC and currently leading the development of its future strategy. ICOS aims to be part of European and global integration initiatives that that support the usage of in-situ observations for improving the national inventories on greenhouse gases.

Dr. Ari Asmi has extensive experience on atmospheric sciences, data science, research infrastructure development and collaboration, strategic planning and project management. He is currently Project Director of the ENVRIplus Cluster project, and the coordinator of RISCAPE international research infrastructure landscape project and WP leader in COOP H2020 infrastructure project on international RI collaboration. He is also involved several external projects and initiatives, such as a co-chair of several working groups of the Research Data Alliance, and a number of EU projects since FP5. He is the main author of the ENVRI Environmental Research Infrastructure Strategy document and one of the architects of the ENVRIfair follow up project to ENVRIplus.

Dr. Jean-Noël Thépaut is the Head of the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) and Deputy Director of Copernicus Services at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF). C3S is a core Copernicus Service operated by ECMWF on behalf of the European Union. C3S combines observations of the climate system with the latest science to develop authoritative, quality-assured information about the past, current and future states of the climate in Europe and worldwide. Prior to this role he was the Head Data Division and Deputy Director of the Research Department at European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) where his section developed world-class data assimilation algorithms for Numerical Weather Prediction, the exploitation of satellite observations from operational and research Earth Observation platforms, and the development and production of state-of-the-art climate re-analyses.

Jean-Noël Thépaut is “Ingénieur Général des Ponts, des Eaux et des Forêts” and graduated from the French National School of Meteorology. He received his PhD from PARIS-VI University in 1992 in the field of atmospheric data assimilation. He was also involved in the early development of the variational data assimilation systems at ECMWF and Météo-France. Jean-Noël has served on a number of Committees, including the EUMETSAT Mission Expert Team for Meteosat Third Generation and EPS Second Generation, the NASA Global Modeling and Assimilation Office Advisory Board and the ESA Earth’s Science Advisory Committee (ESAC). He is currently co-chair of the World Climate Research Programme Data Advisory Council.

Dr Pekka Kolmonen works as a senior research scientist at the Finnish Meteorological Institute. He is an expert in inverse problems related to radiative transfer. His current work mainly consists of the development of algorithms for the retrieval of aerosol properties using satellite imagery, and the maintenance of resulting aerosol products. He has taken part in several ESA and EU projects exploiting satellite data for the determination of aerosol conditions. He is also involved in aerosol-cloud interaction research and the development of atmospheric correction methods. In the past he has worked with in situ measurements of aerosol properties.

Robert (Bob) L. Crabtree PhD is a systems ecologist who has worked in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem for 30 years.  He is founder and Chief Scientist at the Yellowstone Ecological Research Center (YERC)—a non-profit organization specializing in long-term collaborative research at large spatial (ecosystem) scales to increase the role of science at the decision-making table.  He has pioneered a regional model to understand the cause and consequence of natural- and policy-experiments such as floods, wildfires, wolf restoration, land-use change, animal migration, drought, snowpack change, and invasive species spread. 

He has authored over 65 peer-reviewed scientific publications and has been principal investigator on over 80 grants (DOI, NASA, NSF, SBIRs, and DoD) that have led to another 100 publications on collaborative projects in Yellowstone and other benchmark ecosystems in North America.  He continues to strive to 'translate' the results of ecological research into informed decision-making and on-the-ground conservation action. He has recently been involved with NEON and NASA in designing a regional model for Ecological Forecasting.

Jacco Konijn MSc has over 10 years experience in managing and coordinating European Projects in the field of Biodiversity and Ecosystems Science. Jacco coordinated the LifeWatch (FP7) preparatory project, the CReATIVE-B (FP7) project, a policy coordination action with Biodiversity Research Infrastructures Worldwide, the ENVRI (FP7) cluster project and the GLOBIS-B project, developing workflow solutions for Essential Biodiversity Variables on a global scale, collaborating with sister RIs in biodiversity and ecosystems research across the globe.

Jacco is member of the Executive Board and Work Package leader in the ENVRIplus project, and is involved in the establishment of LifeWatch, an e-Infrastructure, set up as a distributed Research Infrastructure to advance biodiversity and ecosystems research.


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