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Interactions of the carbon cycle, human activity, and the climate system: A research portfolio

Authors: 
Canadell JG, P Ciais, S Dhakal, H Dolman, P Friedlingstein, KR Gurney, A Held, RB Jackson, C Le Quéré, EL Malone, DS Ojima, A Patwardhan, GP Peters, MR Raupach
Year: 
2010
Journal: 
Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
Journal Volume/Pages: 
2:301-311

There has never been a greater need to deliver timely and policy-relevant information on the magnitude and evolution of the human disturbed carbon cycle. In this paper, we present the main thematic areas of an ongoing comprehensive research agenda and prioritize based on our current knowledge and significance for the evolution of the Earth system. These include the delivery of routine updates of global and regional carbon budgets, including its attribution of variability and trends to underlying drivers, 2) assessment of the magnitude of the carbon-climate feedback, and 3) exploration of pathways to climate stabilization and uncertainties. Underpinning much of this research is the optimal deployment of a global carbon monitoring system.

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