Research Infrastructures

The term ‘Research Infrastructures’ refers to facilities, resources and related services used by the scientific community to conduct top-level research in their respective fields, ranging from social sciences to astronomy, genomics to environmental sciences.

Research Infrastructures in the Environmental research are crucial pillars for environmental scientists in their quest for understanding and predicting the complex Earth System. Originally, the Research Infrastructure facilities were developed to respond to the needs from specific research communities, following the individual needs and methods of specific disciplines. Disciplinary oriented research communities and Research Infrastructures collaborated with the neighbouring disciplines normally within the same “sphere” as within the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere and geosphere. These communities are called “the four environmental domains” in the context of ENVRIplus.

Internal cooperation within different domains created diverse research traditions, specific skills and cultures. However, the interlinked nature of the Earth System requires the scientific community to transcend the well-established and familiar boundaries of disciplines and domains, and work towards common holistic understanding of the environment as a one Earth system.

ENVRIplus gathers all domains of Earth system science – Atmospheric domain, Marine domain, Biosphere and Solid Earth domain to work together, capitalize the progress made in various disciplines and strengthen interoperability amongst Research Infrastructures and domains.

This figure illustrates the Research Infrastructures directly participating in ENVRIplus. They represents different domains of the Earth System, with some of them having multi-domain approach. The inner grey circle shows RIs in the ESFRI 2010 Roadmap.

Environmental Research Infrastructures
ACTRIS – Aerosol, cloud and trace gases research infrastructure EISCAT_3D – Multi-static phased array radar system IAGOS – In-service Aircraft for a Global Observing System
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EMSO – European Multidisciplinary Seafloor & water column Observatory EURO-ARGO – European contribution to Argo program EUROFLEETS2 – New operational steps towards an alliance of European research fleets ESONET VI – European Seafloor Observatory NETwork
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EUROGOOS – European Global Ocean Observing System FIXO3 – Fixed Open Ocean Observatory network JERICO NEXT – Towards a joint European research infrastructure network for coastal observatories SEADATANET – Pan-European infrastructure for ocean & marine data management
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EPOS – The European Plate Observing System
AnaEE – Infrastructure for Analysis and Experimentation on Ecosystems ELIXIR – European infrastructure for biological information INTERACT – International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic LTER – The Long-term Ecological Research Network
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EMBRC – European Marine Biological Resource Centre ICOS – Integrated Carbon Observation System IS-ENES2 – RI for the European Network for Earth System Modelling SIOS – Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System
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EUFAR – European Facility for Airborne Research EUROCHAMP – European Atmospheric Simulation Chamber ARISE – Atmospheric dynamics Research Infrastructure in Europe LifeWatch – E-science European Infrastructure for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research
CETAF – Consortium of European Taxonomic facilities DANUBIUS – The international center for Advanced studies on river-sea systems  EMPHASIS – A pan-European distributed plant phenotyping infrastructure