The H2020-funded projects CHE (CO2 Human emissions) and VERIFY (Verifying Greenhouse Gas Emissions) held a joint General Assembly between the 12th and 14th of March 2019 at ECMWF, in Reading, UK. The meeting consisted of discussions on CHE and VERIFY work packages, collaboration opportunities, external lectures and working groups.

The summary of this successful and fruitfull event is available here.

A feature article is also available on ECMWF website.


Meeting dates: 12th March 2019 at 9:00 (registration started at 8:30) to 14th March 2019 at 17:00

Location: ECMWF, Shinfield Park, Reading, RG2 9AX, United Kingdom

Participants: CHE and VERIFY Consortium Members plus invited speakers

Registration via Eventbrite (registration closed on 21st February 2019)



Day 1 (12th March 2019): Presentations and discussions on the work of the CHE project.

Day 2 (13th March 2019): Science presentations and discussions on CHE-VERIFY collaboration topics.

Day 3 (14th March 2019): Presentations and discussions on the work of the VERIFY project.

All days will also contain presentations from external invited speakers such as the European Commission on topics of relevance.

The final agenda is available below here, as well as all the presentations.

The event also included a poster session, posters that you can also download below.


DAY 1 - TUESDAY, 12th OF MARCH, 2019

 8:30-9:00        Registration  


 Welcome by ECMWF Director General  Florence Rabier (ECMWF) 
 9:30-9:45   Introduction to CHE+VERIFY GA and agenda of the meeting  Gianpaolo Balsamo (ECMWF) and    Philippe Peylin (LSCE) download
 9:45-10:00   Vision from the COPERNICUS CO2 Task Force  Bernard Pinty and Hugo Zunker  (European Commission)  download
 10:00-10:30   H2020 Research Projects support for Europe CO2 monitoring capacity  Monika Kacik (CHE Project Officer)  download
 10:30-11:00   Coffee break  
 11:00-11:20   Coordinating efforts on Reconciling top-down and bottom-up estimates - CHE-WP1  Corinne Le Quéré and Marteen Krol  download
 11:20-11:40   Discussion  
 11:40-12:00   Coordinating Efforts on Library of simulations for emissions and atmospheric transport - CHE-WP2  Hugo Denier von der Gon and Jean-Mathieu Haussaire  download
 12:00-12:20   Discussion    
 12:20-12:40   Ensemble-based simulations to inform data assimilation - CHE-WP1+WP2 linkages  Joe McNorton and Nicolas Bousserez  download
 12:40-13:00   CHE-WP-Interactions  
 13:00-14:00   Lunch break  
 14:00-14:20   Coordinating Efforts on Uncertainty trade-off for fossil fuel emissions-CHE-WP3  Greet Maenhout and Margarita Choulga  download
 14:20-14:40   Discussion  
 14:40-15:00   Coordinating efforts on attributing CO2 emissions from in-situ measurements - CHE-WP4  Julia Marshall and Frédéric Chevallier  download
 15:00-15:20   Discussion  
 15:20-15:30   CHE - Posters speedy presentation (1min each)  
 15:30-16:00   Coffee break + Posters  
 16:00-16:30  Towards a prototype of a European anthropogenic emission monitoring system - CHE-WP5  Anna Agusti-Panareda and Gianpaolo Balsamo  download
 16:30-16:50   Discussion  
 16:50-17:10   International Stakeholder Coordination and Liaison - CHE-WP6  Richard Engelen download
 17:10-17:30   CHE - External Expert Group feedback  Peter Rayner (from Australia) 
 17:30-17:50   CHE - External Advisory Board feedback  Han Dolman 
 17:50-18:00   Discussion/Recommendations  
 18:00-19:00   Cocktail + Posters  


DAY 2 - WEDNESDAY, 13th OF MARCH, 2019

 TIME                TOPIC                                                                                                       PRESENTER                                      PRESENTATION   RECORDING   


 Introduction to the Science Day  Gianpaolo Balsamo (ECMWF) and Philippe Peylin (LSCE)  
 9:10-9:30       International Monitoring initiatives - Global IG3IS/WMO/UNFCC  Oksana Tarasova (WMO/GAW)  download  video
 9:30-9:50   The European CO2 initiative in the international context  Greet Janssen-Maenhout (JRC)  download  video
 9:50-10:10    Discussions/Recommendations on the international context   
  Uncertainties on the carbon cycle - satellites  Co-convened by Michael Buchwitz and Julia Marshall  
 10:10-10:30   Lessons learned in US (CMS)  Kevin Bowman (JPL)  download video
 10:30-11:00   Coffee break   
 11:00-11:20   Atmospheric inversions using satellite observations (synthesis)  Frédéric Chevallier  download video
 11:20-11:40   Discussions/Recommendations   
  Uncertainties on the carbon cycle - in-situ  Co-convened by Werner Kutsch and Han Dolman  
 11:40-12:00   Up-scaling in-situ observation  Sophie Walther  download  video
 12:00-12:20   Forest carbon sink estimates from machine learning  Philippe Ciais  download  video
 12:20-12:40   Impact of forest management on C cycle  Gert-Jan Nabuurs  download  video
 12:40-13:00   Discussions/Recommendations   
 13:00-14:00   Lunch break   
  Improving uncertainties associated to anthropogenic CO2 emissions  Co-convened by Grégoire Broquet and Hugo Denier van der Gon  
 14:00-14:20   City-scale: lesson from US research activities  Thomas Lauvaux  download  video
 14:20-14:40   Monitoring the CO2 emissions from cities using space-borne images of CO2 and co-emitted species  Dominik Brunner download  video
 14:40-15:00   Discussions/Recommendations   
 15:00-15:15   Posters speedy presentations (1 min each)    video
 15:15-16:00   Coffee break + Posters   
  Other GHGs and CO2 co-emitted species  Co-convened by Maarten Krol and Peter Bergamaschi  
 16:00-16:20   Summary of observation based estimates of the GHGs (synthesis)  Rona Thompson  download video
 16:20-16:40   CO2 remote sensing, the role of aerosols, and benefits of dedicated aerolsol measurements  Sander Houweling  download  video
 16:40-17:00   Discussions/Recommendations   
  Way forward  Co-convened by Vincent-Henri Peuch and Green Maenhout  
 17:00-17:20   Community Inversion Framework perspectives  Antoine Berchet (Frederic Chevallier)  download  video
 17:20-17:40    Synergies/complementarities of CHE and VERIFY projects  Philippe Peylin, Gianpaolo Balsamo  download  video
 17:40-18:00   Operational perspectives  Richard Engelen, Anna Agusti-Panareda  download  video
 18:00-18:30   Discussions/Recommendations   
 19:00   Dinner   


DAY 3 - THURSDAY, 14th OF MARCH, 2019

 TIME                 TOPIC                                                                                                        PRESENTER                                       PRESENTATION 
 9:00-9:20     Impact of the 2018 European summer drought on GhG balances  Ana Bastos  download
 9:20-9:35      European Commission expectations/recommendations on VERIFY  Erwin Goor
 9:35-10:00    Project management status (deliverables, milestones, GA amendment, data base...)  Philippe Peylin (LSCE) and Stefanie Kirschke (ARTTIC)
 10:00-10:30   VERIFY-WP1: GHG MRV user requirement framework  Dirk Günther and Lucia Perugini  download
 10:30-11:00   Coffee Break
 11:00-11:30   VERIFY-WP2: Verification methods for fossil CO2 emissions  Hugo Denier van der Gon and Paul Palmer  download
 11:30-12:00  VERIFY-WP3: Verification methods for terrestrial CO2 sources and sinks ans carbon stocks  Pete Smith and Philippe Peylin  download
 12:00-12:30  VERIFY-WP4: Verification methods for CH4 and N2O emissions  Rona Thompson  download
 12:30-13:00  VERIFY-WP7: Input to international programmes and society  Corinne Le Quéré and Werner Kutsch  download
 13:00-14:00  Lunch Break
 14:00-14:20  Anthropogenic CO2 emissions from existing and future satellites  Michael Buchwitz  download
 14:20-14:55  VERIFY-WP5+WP6: GHG country reporting  Glen Peter, Roxana Petrescu, Philippe Ciais  download
 14:55-15:10  Data integration and data flow for 2019  Philippe Ciais and Philippe Peylin download
 15:10-15:30  Discussion on data flow and data synthesis
 15:30-16:00  Coffee Break
 16:00-16:20  Feedback from Advisory Board  Yasjka Meijer 
 16:20-17:00  Plenary discussion: next steps
 17:00  Adjourn  



 TITLE                                                                                                                                 PRESENTER                                     POSTER              
 Monitoring and Forecasting the Impact of the 2018 Summer Heatwave on Vegetation  Clement Albergel  download
 Towards an ECMWF's CAMS near real-time global surface flux inversion  Jerome Barre download
 OCO-2 XCO2 retrievals using the FOCAL algorithm  Michael Buchwitz download
 Exploiting sun-induced fluorescence and temperature anomalies to enhance biosphere flux estimates in an atmospheric CO2 inversion  Liesbeth Florentie download
 Bottom up natural fluxes of CH4 for Europe  Tiina Markkanen download
 Monitoring 2017 and 2018 Global Wildfire Emissions from Fire Danger to Atmospheric Composition  Mark Parrington download
 Multi-scale greenhouse gas flux estimation systems in support of Canadian carbon cycle science and policy  Saroja Polavarapu download
 European CH4 emissions from CTE-CH4 atmospheric inverse model  Aki Tsuruta download
 Anthropogenic CO2 emission uncertainties  Margarita Choulga download
 CO2 biosphere-atmosphere fluxes over Europe derived with the Jena CarboScope regional inversion  Saqr Munassar download


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