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About project

CzeCOS

Name of project: CzeCOS LM2015061

Provider: Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports
The main beneficiary: Global Change Research Institute, CAS

The research infrastructure CzeCOS (project no.LM2015061) is included in the national roadmap of major research infrastructures. This roadmap was approved by the Czech government in 2010 and updated in 2015.


The research infrastructure CzeCOS is a unique platform for undertaking comprehensive international interdisciplinary research on Global Change (GC) and its impacts on ecosystems. It substantially contributes to the fulfillment of international commitments of the Czech Republic in the field of research, adaptation and mitigation of Global Change impacts. As for the Czech Republic, CzeCOS is the only national component of the following European Research Infrastructures ICOS – Integrated Carbon Observation System- infrastructure for the research on the fluxes of greenhouse gases (founding member), AnaEE – analytical and experimental infrastructure for ecosystems (founding member), EUFAR – EUropean Facility for Airborne Research - infrastructure for remote sensing within environmental monitoring.


At the national and international levels, CzeCOS offers a unique interconnection between experimental devices for the manipulation of major environmental factors – MANIPULATION EXPERIMENTS, devices measuring physiological changes in ecosystems - PHYSILOGICAL FIELD TOOLS, analytical platform for studying metabolic processes - BIOCHEMICAL LABORATORY, ecosystem stations monitoring greenhouse fluxes emissions - OBSERVATORY FACILITIES and the advanced platform for remote sensing of ecosystems - FLYING LABORATORY.


The research infrastructure CzeCOS represents a unique set of both stationary and mobile devices, instruments and other supporting facilities for the research on the GC impacts on ecosystems, the study of adaptation mechanisms in plants and microorganisms and the subsequent development of procedures for mitigation measures. Interdisciplinary and synergetic interconnection of the specific analytical devices, equipment for ecophysiological measuring, equipment for laboratory and field manipulation experiments, bioreactors for the research and development of photosynthetic microorganisms, ecosystem stations for the study of the matter and energy fluxes, as well as high-end sensors for remote sensing of ecosystems allow us to perform comprehensive research on the GC at an international level.


The existing research infrastructure CzeCOS seamlessly follows up on the activities and mission of the original infrastructure. The infrastructure has been significantly strengthened and has reached top international level thanks to the implementation of the OP RDI - Center of Excellence.