Welcome to ICOS-Belgium!


The PLECO research group of the University of Antwerp and the Research Center of Excellence ECO are cohosting the Ecosystem Thematic Center (ETC) with the University of Tuscia (Viterbo, Italy) and the INRA-Bordeaux (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique; Bordeaux, France). The three institutions have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly realize the ETC.

The role of the ETC is to coordinate and support the Ecosystem Network of ICOS by providing:

  • Coordination, training and technical assistance to the Ecosystem Network
  • Development and testing of new measurement methods and instruments
  • Data calculation, correction and processing
  • Development of new methods for data processing
  • Database

By doing so the ETC ensures that data collection and processing are performed according to the ICOS standards.

Distribution of tasks within the ETC:

  • Flux and meteorological measurement: University of Tuscia, Italy
  • Ancillary data collection: University of Antwerp, Belgium
  • Laboratory analyses: INRA-Bordeaux, France


The task of the ETC-Antwerp is to collect and process the ancillary data from the Ecosystem Network. Besides flux and meteorological records, many ancillary ecological parameters are measured at the Ecosystem Stations (ES): vegetation and soil characteristics, biomass, phenology, disturbances, management, land use... The data are processed and standardized to obtain data that can be analysed and interpreted by users. An important task of the ETC-Antwerp is to quality control the data and to guarantee that they meet the ICOS standards besides providing the protocols for the ancillary data. The ETC-Antwerp is also in charge of testing and developing measurement protocols. The ETC-Antwerp provides assistance to the Ecosystem Network and shares its expertise through trainings and workshops that will be organized to train the station managers and scientists in charge of the different Ecosystem Stations.

Four staff members are currently working at the ETC.

Project Manager

Thi Minh Tu Nguyen (ThiMinhTu.Nguyen@uantwerpen.be)

Scientific Staff

Dr. Bert Gielen (Bert.Gielen@uantwerpen.be)

Dr. Maarten Op de Beeck (Maarten.OpdeBeeck@uantwerpen.be)

Database Manager

Emmy Jacobs (Emmy.Jacobs@uantwerpen.be)

Photo: ICOS ETC Belgium

From left to right: Thi Minh Tu Nguyen, Emmy Jacobs, prof. dr. Reinhart Ceulemans, dr. Bert Gielen, Jan Segers, dr. Marilyn Roland, prof. dr. Ivan Janssens and dr. Maarten Op de Beeck