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IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme

GHG EUROPE is a project under the EU’s 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7), aiming to improve the understanding and prediction of EU terrestrial carbon and GHG budgets. Further objectives are to improve the quantitative understanding of the variability in CO2, CH4 and N2O fluxes and to assess how natural and anthropogenic factors impact these fluxes.

The EU contributed about €6.6 million to this project, which was coordinated by the Thünen-Institut in Germany and consisted of 41 project partners from 15 EU countries, bringing together diverse expertise. GHG EUROPE followed an open data policy, thus enabling external researchers to access the interim results and in turn feed in their own data, joining the project as associate partners. With the help of data from 69 sites the researchers were able to analyse different ecosystems across 25 EU countries.

The key findings from the project are:

More information, including the report and access to the database, is available on GHG EUROPE’s website: 

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