The Earth is a highly complex system, formed by a large variety of interacting sub-systems, such as the biosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere. Our capacity to understand the Earth system is predicted on our capability to observe, analyze and model the Earth’s subsystems and their interactions. Understanding our environment is, therefore, possible only by using a system approach.
By carefully exploring and studying the basic environmental processes in relevant time and spatial scales and synthesizing our observations into an overall understanding, new scientific breakthroughs can be achieved and environmental challenges can be tackled. However, acquiring such information requires long-term, well-documented and trustworthy observations of the Earth system.
The role of Environmental Research Infrastructures
Environmental research infrastructures play an irreplaceable role in improving our understanding of the system.
The interlinked nature of the Earth System requires a better organization of the research infrastructure landscape and scientific communities need to transcend the boundaries of disciplines and domains and work towards a common understanding of the environment as one system.
In this context, the ENVRI community is a collaborative platform where the research infrastructures can agree on the common solutions for their operations, draft strategies and policies and share best practices and knowledge.