Greenhouse Gas Research in the UK:
Developing a National Strategy

Community meeting organised by the NERC Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Feedback Programme
University of Leeds, 10-11 Jan 2017 (Tue/Wed)

This community meeting aims to get feedback from the greenhouse gas (GHG) research community on priorities for future capabilities. The main outcome of the meeting and subsequent dialogue will be a strategy for future GHG research and monitoring in the UK.

The NERC GHG Emissions and Feedback research programme concludes in March 2017 but the underlying science and policy challenges continue. A legacy of the programme is a nationwide science community that can play a leading role in further activities. An immediate opportunity is the UK involvement in the new pan-European Integrated Carbon Observing system, ICOS. The principal goal of ICOS is to improve understanding, reduce uncertainties and underpin policy decisions associated carbon emissions via an integrative programme of measurements and data analysis activities.

The purpose of this community meeting is to exchange ideas and identify concrete key needs for future UK GHG research, and to explore opportunities and developments in related national and international activities. The main result from the meeting and subsequent discussions will be the development of a strategy document for future Strategic Programmes and National Capabilities.


This community meeting is primarily aimed at the UK GHG research community within the GHG Programme, ICOS and related projects, and key research centres. Places are limited to 100, and we aim to have a fair representation of all relevant groups, so please coordinate attendance with colleagues at your institution.


To register, please fill in the registration form.


We start at 11.00 on Tue., 10. Jan., and finish at 14.00 on Wed., 11. Jan., with opportunities for informal discussions to continue into the afternoon.

For more details, see the Agenda for "Developing a National Strategy", 10-11 Jan 2017.

Venue, travel and hotel information

The meeting will take place at the University of Leeds, on Tuesday in the School of Earth and Environment (OpenStreetMap, or building 84 on the downloadable campus map) and on Wednesday in the Worsley Building (OpenStreetMap, or building 95 on the downloadable campus map)

The university campus is about 1 mile north of the main train station. There are many hotels in the area, especially towards the station. A list of suggested hotels can be downloaded here (PDF, 170kB).


For questions or comments, please contact the GHG Programme Manager Stephan Matthiesen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

About the organisers:

The meeting is organised by the Greenhouse Gases Emissions and Feedback Programme (2013-2017) in cooperation with the UK National Focal Point of the Integrated Carbon Observation System (UK-ICOS).

The overarching objective of the Greenhouse Gases Emissions and Feedback research programme, which is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and involves a number of research partners, is to deliver improved greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories and predictions both for the UK, and for the globe at a regional scale. It has developed a programme of comprehensive measurement and data analysis, focusing on the key GHGs carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide.

The programme integrates three separate research consortia with complementary objectives, which together contribute towards the overall objective:

  • GAUGE (Greenhouse gAs Uk and Global Emissions) is looking at producing robust estimates of the UK GHG budget.
  • GREENHOUSE (Generating Regional Emissions Estimates with a Novel Hierarchy of Observations and Upscaled Simulation Experiments) is looking at building regional GHG inventories.
  • RAGNARoCC (Radiatively active gases from the North Atlantic Region and Climate Change) is looking at air-sea fluxes of GHGs in the North Atlantic region.

The Integrated Carbon Observation System (ICOS) is a European Research Infrastructure (RI) identified as part of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) process. It consists of a network of European observing systems operated at member state level and is underpinned by thematic centres (ocean, atmosphere and ecosystem [terrestrial biosphere]) and a centralized administration and database facility in Helsinki.