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The NextGEOSS Cold Region pilot: Improved discoverability and access to polar data
GEO Cold Regions coordinates global efforts to provide Earth Observation (EO) products and services to science, decision- and policy-makers with a vested interest in the cryosphere (in particular) and the environment (in general) of polar regions and mountain areas around the world. The NextGEOSS Cold Regions Pilot focuses on three areas: (1) the Arctic/Svalbard region, (2) Antarctica, and (3) the Himalayan glaciers, linking together satellite and in situ data from the targeted regions, including the atmospheric, marine, and terrestrial domains, and making them available in the NextGEOSS Data Hub and the NextGEOSS Cold Regions Community Portal. The pilot liaise with ongoing initiatives such as SIOS, GEOCRI, WMO GCW, as well as national programs in Antarctica. The products resulting from the Cold Regions pilot can be used to develop Information Services for the Cold Regions Initiative, using the NextGEOSS system and making use of existing interoperability standards. This presentation will introduce the first version of the Cold Regions Community Portal, aiming to make polar data relevant for Cold Regions more easily discoverable and accessible for users.
ICOS Norway – a carbon cycle infrastructure
The Integrated Carbon Observation System (ICOS) research infrastructure is aimed at quantifying and understanding the greenhouse gas balance of Europe and neighboring regions. ICOS-Norway brings together the leading
Norwegian institutes for greenhouse gas observations in the three Earth system domains atmosphere, ocean, and
terrestrial ecosystems, providing world-leading competence, which is integrated into one jointly funded and operated infrastructure. This provides Norway with a state-of-the-art research infrastructure embedded in European
and global efforts. Even though each Earth system domain was part of dedicated research infrastructures prior to
the establishment of ICOS-Norway, the greenhouse gas community in Norway was divided and there was minimal
collaboration across the Earth system domains. The overall goal of ICOS-Norway is to provide accurate and accessible data on, as well as integrated assessments of, the Norwegian carbon balance at regional scale, across the land,
ocean, and atmosphere. ICOS-Norway has thus led to an increased impact of environmental observing systems
in Norway and surrounding seas, easily seen through the number of publications and new proposals generated
as collaborative efforts. This poster presents the ICOS-Norway infrastructure, including plans for expansion and
European Geosciences Union (EGU)