Connecting Research Infrastructures
A program supported by the
European Union in cooperation
with the NSF

Fields of Research

Partner institutes
in USA and Europe

Earth Cube

EarthCube aims to transform the
conduct of research through the
development of community-guided
cyberinfrastructure to integrate
information and data across
the geosciences.


The Global Earth Observation System
of Systems will provide decision-support
tools to a wide variety of users.

Space weather


COOP + Global Challenge Contest

Share your ideas on how to adress Global Challenges in the Environmental field an win a trip to Vienna to attend the EGU 2015 and discuss your ideas with us!

The contest is open to early career researchers including graduate students and those within 5 years of their PhD degree. -The proposal must include original, authentic, unpublished ideas and must be the sole property of the entrant, not previously submitted to any other contest

Enter your ideas here:




COOPEUS holds Roadmap-workshop and business meeting for all partners and stakeholders in connection to AGU2014 in San Francisco(Dec 15-19).
Exact date and location: Wednesday, Dec. 17th from 09:00 – 17:00 pm at the Marriott (Room: Foothill G)

Agenda for COOPEUS Roadmap workshop and business meeting: AGENDA_AGU_COOPEUS_2014

There will are many COOPEUS activities and events planned for AGU2014:

Get an overview of all COOPEUS activities at these document: COOPEUS AGU2014 overview.
Visit the COOPEUS/COOP+ booth (no28003) in the Exhibitor area.



iLEAPS newsletter – Special issue on Environmental Research Infrastructures

COOPEUS and ENVRI are behind a special issue of the iLEAPS newsletter on Environmental research infrastructures with Ketil Koop-Jakobsen (COOPEUS) and Yannick Legre (ENVRI) working as guest-editors. Read the commentary “Research Infrastructure Collaboration Improves services for environmental scientists” by Wouther Los (ENVRI coordinator) and Christoph Waldmann (COOPEUS coordinator) and many articles from COOPERS-partners.
The iLEAPS newsletter is now available online.

Pages from iLEAPS Newsletter Special_issue on RIs-2






-Find out if your research infrastructure is ready for international cross-disciplinary data exchange?

Through 15 simple yes/no-questions, this online test targets the common challenges associated with international cross-disciplinary data exchange and highlights obstacles that your Research infrastructure may face in the future.




COOPEUS Annual meeting, Helsinki  30 Sep. – 03 Oct. 2014

At the COOPEUS annual meeting 2014 in Helsinki at the Finnish Meteorological institute, more than 30 participants from both sides of the Atlantic were gathered to present the achievements of the first 2 year of COOPEUS, and to discuss the mission and vision for the future COOPEUS. Find more information on the blog and all the presentations and posters from the meeting  at the documents.


The Meeting- Report is now aviable here.


ICOS-NEON greenhouse gas data training workshop

In September 2014, NEON jointly held a Carbon Workshop for early career scientist in southern France with the CoopEUS project (Cooperation EU + US), and the EU Integrated Carbon ObservatorySystem (ICOS).

Find more information on the blog.



COOPEUS – Connecting Research Infrastructures

Strengthening the cooperation between the US and the EU in the field of environmental research infrastructures

Developing world-class research infrastructures for environmental research is one of the top priorities of the European Union Research Policies.

The COOPEUS project, funded under the Research Infrastructures action of the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Innovation of the EU, shall bring together scientists and users being involved in Europe’s major environmental related research infrastructure projects, i.e. EISCAT, EPOS, LifeWATCH, EMSO, and ICOS, with their US counterparts that are responsible for the NSF funded projects AMISR, EARTHSCOPE, DataONE, OOI and NEON.

The intention is that by interlinking these activities new synergies are generated that will stimulate the creation of a truly global integration of existing infrastructures. The key of this integration process will be the efficient access to and the open sharing of data and information produced by the environmental research infrastructures. This important crosscutting infrastructure category is subject to rapid changes, driven almost entirely outside the field of environmental sciences. Trends in this area include growing collaborations between computer and environmental scientists, leading to the emergence of a new class of scientific activity structured around networked access to observational information. Therefore links to running projects like ENVRI in Europe or EARTHCUBE in the US who are developing relevant architectures are indispensable. Considering this perspective the COOPEUS project will serve as a testbed for new standards and methods.


Space weather

The primary scientific goals are studies the interaction between the Sun and the Earth as revealed by disturbances in the magnetosphere and the ionised parts of the atmosphere (these interactions also give rise to the spectacular aurora, or Northern Lights).

Carbon obervatories

Carbon observation research infrastructures are necessary for quantifying and understanding and deciphering the greenhouse balance of the Earth.

Ocean observatories

Sustained ocean measurements are a crucial element to study climate variability, ocean circulation and ecosystem dynamics, air-sea exchange, seafloor processes, and plate-scale geodynamics.


The goal of integrating seismic stations into a coherent network is to promote and make possible innovative approaches for a better understanding of the physical processes controlling earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, unrest episodes and tsunamis as well as those driving tectonics and Earth surface dynamics.


The Earth’s biosphere is such a complex system that a comprehensive monitoring network for simultaneously tracking individual species and populations and monitoring trends in forests and other ecosystems has never been built.



is in its broadest vision a coherent framework finding and using information about the Earth system across the entire research enterprise that will allow for substantial improved collaboration between specialties.