The Izaña Observatory is the subject of an ICOS report aimed to disseminate the importance of research on greenhouse gases and carbon cycle.

At the end of November, the Izaña Observatory (IARC-AEMET) was visited by journalist Charlotta Henry and photographer Pekka Pelkonen, members of the ICOS (Integrated Carbon Observation System) communications team to make a report focused on the ICOS atmospheric station that is currently being implemented at this centre. This European research infrastructure, involving 16 countries and 173 stations, aims to produce long-term, high-precision, standardised data that will help improve knowledge of the carbon cycle and provide information on the atmospheric concentration of the main greenhouse gases.

During her visit, Charlotta Henry interviewed Pedro Pablo Rivas, head of the Greenhouse Gas and Carbon Cycle programme and principal investigator of the Izaña ICOS station, Dr. Omaira García, head of the Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) programme, and the technician, Dr. Sergio León, who gave their opinion on the importance of Spain and, in particular, the Izaña Observatory joining this European network. These interviews helped to get information on the monitoring and research activities on the main greenhouse gases carried out by these research groups.

The interview, which is available at the link, includes several photographs taken with a drone, as the image below, Charlotta Henry also describes her experience of visiting the Izaña Observatory for the first time.