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The cycling of carbon plays a crucial role in the earth system, not only because all life forms are carbon-based, but also because carbon dioxide, methane and carbon monoxide constitute some of the most important trace gases in the atmosphere responsible for the so-called greenhouse effect. A more accurate estimation of the space and time distribution of carbon stocks and fluxes is necessary for an improved understanding of the planetary system and its evolution. The feasibility of assessing these stocks and fluxes on the basis of space observations is reviewed.

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Authors: VERSTRAETE M M, JRC Ispra (IT);PINTY B, Laboratoire d'Etudes et de Recherches en Télédétection Spatiale, Toulouse (FR)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: DEMETRA Conference on Global Change, Chianciano (IT), October 28 - November 2, 1991
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 36717 ORA
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