TTorch is a network, part of the ESF Research Networking Programme
TTorch is open to any interested European participant. The main purpose of TTorch is to support and help to improve the European network of observations of greenhouse gases through communication, workshops, grants for exchange visits and summer schools. TTorch started in March 2009 and will end in October 2014.
The call for exchange grants is open until 30 June 2014!
For this please refer to Open call for Travel Grant applications
Third TTORCH Summer School 2015
A third TTorch Summer school is planned for September 2015 in Hyytiälä, Finland, now sponsored by ICOS Finland and the InGOS project. More information will follow in Spring 2015.
What is TTorch all about?
Observations of the long lived non-CO2 greenhouse gases and related tracers are an essential part of the Earth System Observation system. The combination of atmospheric observations and inverse atmospheric transport models will enable us to detect trends in concentrations and emissions, take up the challenge to validate the emission estimates of these gases of natural and anthropogenic sources for large areas of Europe (independently checking the Kyoto protocol and beyond) and to test process based emission models.
In TTORCH we will strengthen the further integration of the network of observatories of these gases and related tracers in Europe to an observational system of high consistency, quality and precision, while taking care of coordinating carefully with the developments in the ICOS project. Extension to the more Eastern part of Europe is needed. TTORCH will contribute by preparing and helping in building of the necessary infrastructure and will aid in the capacity building of (young) scientists in that part of Europe.
TTORCH will provide the framework to continue the development and improvement of the network and prepare the extension to other parts of Europe. The TTORCH network will work as the basis for defining and building new projects.
In TTORCH we will bring together the observed concentration data in a uniform database. We will organise 1-2 joint international workshops per year to bring together the participants including the observation and modelling communities from within and outside Europe.
Exchange of young scientists and students between observation sites and modelling groups will be an important tool for capacity building.
Another important task of TTORCH is the setup and implementation of joint papers with measurement and modelling work.
Every two years the TTORCH network will organise a summer school on measurements techniques, the interpretation of data series, data selection and the use of data in mesoscale and long range transport modelling.
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